The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency mandated to combat global hunger, which afflicts one of every seven people on earth. In emergencies, WFP is on the frontline, delivering food aid to save the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, WFP uses food aid to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
The vision of WFP is a world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. Without food, there can be no sustainable peace, no democracy and no development.
In November/December 1961, the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN General Assembly adopted parallel
resolutions establishing WFP. The three-year experimental programme was not due
to enter into operation until January 1963. In reality it was up and running several months early, as an earthquake hit
Over the past four decades, WFP has invested about US$ 28 billion and more than 47 million metric tonnes of food to combat hunger, promote social and economic development, and provide relief assistance in emergencies throughout the world.
Ever since its foundation in 1963 and
thanks to the generosity of the Italian government, WFP headquarters has been
WFP is seeking additional funding and valuable expertise from private companies active in areas such as transport, food, information and communications technology, logistics, finance and HR.
The cutting edge know-how of corporate partners can help make the world's largest food aid organization more efficient and effective - and ultimately help feed more hungry people across the globe.
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The official WFP website.
Flag of WFP in Flags of the World.
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