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WFP (United Nations World Food Programme)
As the food aid arm of the UN, WFP uses its food to:
- Meet emergency needs;
- Support economic & social development; and
- Provide the logistics support necessary to get food aid to the right people at the right time and in the right place.
WFP works to put hunger at the centre of the international agenda, promoting policies, strategies and operations that directly benefit the poor and hungry.
Who does WFP help?
Victims of natural disasters like the tsunami disaster in 2004, Bangladesh floods in 2004, the Iran earthquake in 2003 or Hurricane Mitch, which affected one million people in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatamala in October 1998.
- Displaced People - both refugees and internally displaced persons to leave towns and villages in places like - Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia.
- The world's hungry poor, trapped in a twilight zone between poverty and malnutrition.
- WFP also believes that women are the first solution to hunger and poverty. Women not only cook food. They sow, reap and harvest it. Yet, in many developing countries, they eat last and least.
Where does WFP work?
WFP is the world's largest international food aid organisation combating hunger in underdeveloped nations with severe food shortages. The frontline stretches from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to Latin America and Asia & the Pacific.
How does WFP fight hunger?
- Rescue: WFP stands on a permanent state of alert, ready to mobilise food aid for delivery to natural and man-made disaster areas.
- Rapid Reaction: WFP's rapid response team draws-up contingency plans designed to move food and humanitarian aid fast into disaster areas. WFP works closely with the other members of the UN family, governments and NGOs, offering its logistics expertise to guarantee the delivery of all kinds of humanitarian aid.
- Rehabilitation: WFP food aid also serves as a means to get disaster-affected regions back on their feet.
- Deterrence: Malnutrition gnaws away at the most valuable asset in any country's development: its children and its workers. Food aid is one of the most effective deterrents against long-term poverty. WFP kick-starts development by paying workers with rations to build vital infrastructure and offering children food aid as a reward for going to school.
- School Feeding: INTO SCHOOL, OUT OF HUNGER. When hunger strikes a community, children suffer most. Hunger drains them of their will and ability to learn. WFP school meals encourage hungry children to attend school and help them concentrate on their studies.
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