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World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Program (WFP) is a joint program of the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It was founded in December 1961 and began its activities in 1963.

The World Food Programme is the United Nations' largest humanitarian organisation in the fight against hunger in the world. The WFP is Welthungerhilfe’s largest donor, and it has been an important partner since 1996 for humanitarian assistance and nutrition security development programmes.

The WFP provides fast and professional procurement, delivery and distribution of large quantities of food even under the most severe conditions. Increasingly, the WFP also distributes cash and vouchers. This is particularly useful when food is on the market, but people in need can not afford to buy it due to a humanitarian crisis.

Besides project work, the WFP supports a comprehensive early warning system, so organisations like Welthungerhilfe can react in a timely and appropriate way to humanitarian crises. The WFP also heads the international coordination cluster on logistics, and the food security cluster along with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Welthungerhilfe is represented in both clusters, and therefore part of this international system for emergency and disaster relief. 

The WFP also plays an important role in raising awareness of subjects including the fight against hunger, the right to food, and observance of the relevant international development goals. Visit website

Last Update 17.04.2019

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