World Food Programme (WFP)

Context:

• Twenty million people are at risk of starvation this year as delayed rains worsen an already brutal drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, the UN warned.

About:

• The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations’ food assistance branch and the world’s largest humanitarian agency dedicated to fighting hunger and fostering food security.
• The World Food Programme (WFP) was established in 1961 with the purpose of eradicating hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for food aid.
• It is a member and member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Development Group.
• WFP food aid is also used to address malnutrition, reduce child mortality, enhance maternal health, and battle diseases such as HIV and AIDS.

It collaborates closely with the other two UN organisations stationed in Rome:

• The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which assists countries in developing policies and changing laws to support sustainable agriculture, is a good example.
• The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a non-profit organisation that funds projects in impoverished rural areas.

Source: THE HINDU.

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