The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.
Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome — the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) — as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.
WFP’s five objectives:
1.Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies
2.Prepare for emergencies
3.Restore and rebuild lives after emergencies
4.Reduce chronic hunger and under nutrition everywhere
5.Strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger
As soon as the local government has requested WFP’s help, our emergency response mechanisms go into action. Time saved means lives saved, so our Emergency Preparedness team makes sure WFP is ready to go, anytime. They use ground-breaking technology to direct assistance to where it is most needed.
In the early days of an emergency, while the first food supplies are being delivered, Emergency Assessment teams are also sent in to quantify exactly how much food assistance is needed for how many beneficiaries and for how long. They must also work out how food can best be delivered to the hungry.
Equipped with the answers, WFP draws up an Emergency Operation (EMOP), including a plan of action and a budget. This lists who will receive food assistance, what rations are required, the type of transport WFP will use and which humanitarian corridors lead to the crisis zone.
WFP has 4 major types of operations:
1.Emergency operations (EMOPs) provide immediate assistance
2.Relief and rehabilitation operations (PRROs) rebuild after an emergency
3.Development operations (DEVs) improve food security for communities
4.Special operations (SOs) create the specific infrastructure needed for EMOPs