The World Food Programme : what is it?
Founded in 1961, the UN organisation helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries last year.
Despite making progress over the past three decades, the UN’s goal to eradicate hunger by 2030 appears out of reach if current trends continue, according to experts.
World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s biggest humanitarian organization, warned earlier this year that COVID-19 could result in a “hunger pandemic” as coronavirus wreaked havoc with supply chains, disrupting the movements of critical food assistance, personnel and critical equipment.
The Rome-based UN agency said that acute hunger in the 88 countries in which it operates could reach 270 million people by the end of the year — an 82 percent increase on 2019.
The World Food Programme and the Nobel Prize for Peace
The World Food Programme has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict areas.
The WFP was honoured for “its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” the jury said.
Whether delivering food by helicopter or on the back of an elephant or a camel, the WFP prides itself on being “the leading humanitarian organisation” in a world where, by its own estimates, some 690 million people, one in 11, go to bed on an empty stomach.
United Nations are not an effective organization. It is rather decorative! It is funded by the super powers but it lacks the dynamism to make the world a better place for everyone. At the same time with the world food programme efforts to eradicate famine, at the very same time, the super powers (UK, US, Russia) continue the wars in a number of places in the world. The defense budgets are increasing as we have seen here.
The oxymoron is this: we create hungry people and refugees by fomenting wars around the globe (e.g. Syria, Armenia) and then we send them food to these hungry people by organisations like the World Food Programme of UN. UN should work for world Peace at the first instance and not creating wars and then feeding the victims of these wars.