World Food Program (WFP)

TypeIntergovernmental Org, Regulatory Board & Advisory Board 
Legal statusActive
Mission/motto/ObjectiveThe WFP strives to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal in mind of eliminating the need for food aid itself
Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies”
“Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies”
“Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs”
“Reduce under-nutrition and break the inter-generational cycle of hunger”
“Zero Hunger in 2030”
Estb. Year1961
HQRome, Italy
Have branch office in 80+ countries
Members | RegionWorldwide working Area
AboutThe WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations
It is ember of UN Development Group (UNDG) & Parts of its executive Committee.
It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.   

Funds Raising
Voluntary donations from government, individuals & NGO’s.
Org. StructureGoverned by Executive Board 36 member states  
Headed by Executive director, appointed by jointly by UN secretary General & Director General of FAO [David Beasley – incumbent Director, Till April 2022]
Appointed for 5 years fixed term  
Powers & function WFP launched its first programs in 1963 by the FAO and the United Nations General Assembly on a three-year experimental basis, supporting the Nubian population at Wadi Halfa in Sudan
WFP food aid is also directed to fight micronutrient deficiencies, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and combat disease, including HIV and AIDS
Food-for-work programmes help promote environmental and economic stability and agricultural production.
Reports PublishedState of Food Security and Nutrition in the World
Food and Nutrition Security Analysis, India, 2019
Report Summary (Read More )  
Other DetailsFunds – WFP operations are funded by voluntary donations principally from governments of the world, and also from corporations and private donors.
As per 2018 Data, WFP’s funding was $ 7.2 billion USA is the largest donor – $ 2.5 billion followed by EU $ 1.1 billion

Note- EU is a permanent observer in WFP.    
Recent Developments Why to read NOW ?Timeline News /Updates 
Oct 2020– Nobel Peace Prize was Awarded to WFP (Read more)
July 2020 – Status of Food Security & nutrition in the World- 2019 is released (Read More)
April 2020 –  G20- Vows sufficient global food supply amid pandemic (Read more)
July 2018– WFP assisting UNAIDS in help to fight HIV & AIDS (Read more)
Most of the Read More Contents are only for paid members

WFP Emergency Response system

The WFP has a system of classifications known as the Emergency Response Procedures designed for situations that require immediate response. This response is activated under the following criteria:

  1. When human suffering exists and domestic governments cannot respond adequately
  2. The United Nations reputation is under scrutiny
  3. When there is an obvious need for aid from the WFP

Note– WFP Emergency Response have inbuilt level of 3 actions depending upon the distress level & assistant requirement.

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