, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives,
. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
On any given day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move,
. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an
, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.
WFP’s efforts focus on
where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.
In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance
to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods
. We also work to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises
by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response.
WFP development projects focus on nutrition
, especially for mothers and children, addressing malnutrition from the earliest stages through programmes targeting the first 1,000 days
from conception to a child’s second birthday, and later through school meals
WFP is the largest humanitarian organisation implementing school feeding programmes worldwide and has been doing so for over 50 years. Each year, WFP provides school meals more than 16 million children in 60 countries
, often in the hardest-to-reach areas.
In 2018, WFP purchased 3.6 million metric tons of food
. At least three quarters
of it comes from developing countries
. By buying food as close as possible to where it is needed
, we can save time and money on transport costs, and help sustain local economies
. Increasingly, WFP meets people’s food needs through cash-based transfers
that allow the people we serve to choose and shop for their own food locally.
WFP also provides services to the entire humanitarian community
, including passenger air transportation through the UN Humanitarian Air Service
, which flies to more than 280 locations
Funded entirely by voluntary donations
, in 2018 WFP raised a record US$7.2 billion. WFP has more than 17,000 staff worldwide
of whom over 90 percent
are based in the countries where the agency provides assistance
WFP is governed by a 36-member Executive Board
. It works closely with its two Rome-based sister organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
and the International Fund for Agricultural Development
. WFP partners with more than 1,000 national and international NGOs
to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger.