The World Food Programme awarded with Nobel Peace Prize 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 has been awarded to the United nation’s World Food Programme (WFP). The programme has been awarded the prize for its efforts to fight the hunger specially in the war zones and conflict affected areas. The  Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the prize to the WEP.

World Food Programme

The World Food Programme which was started by the United nations in 1963. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The programme is aimed at addressing the issue of hunger and provide food security. The programme has assisted around 100 million people in 88 countries in 2019. The assistance has been provide to people who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.  The world food program is in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to Eradicating hunger. The primary focus areas of world food programme include climate action disaster risk reduction, Nutrition, gender equality, social protection and sustainable livelihoods.

Important Initiatives by WFP

  • The organisation started providing nutrition enriched and ready to use therapeutic foods to around 75 countries in 2013.  This was done to tackle malnourishment.
  • Building blocks program, 2017- To provide money for food assistance. It mainly assisted  Syrian refugees in Jordan.
  • Purchase for progress (P4P) project 2018- The programme aims to assist small land holding farmers by providing them opportunities to access agricultural market.  The programme mainly focus in African countries.
  • Take home ration programs and school feeding programs have been launched in 71 countries.
  • In 2020, organisation have been feeding more than 12 million Yemenis. 80% of the beneficiaries are from areas affected by Houthi rebels.

WFP in India

The world food programme is implementing the Country Strategy Plan for India (2019-23) in India. The plan enables the vulnerable section to meet the minimum nutrition and food requirements in the country.  It is aimed at reducing high risk of malnutrition in adolescent girls, women and children and seeks to improve their nutrition status by 2025.