UN World Food Programme (WFP)
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest humanitarian organization in the world, supporting around 80 million people in more than 80 countries each year with food, money and vouchers. In an emergency, the WFP places the foodstuffs where they are urgently needed, for example in war zones such as Syria, or in disaster areas, as in Haiti directly after the earthquake. If the local markets continue to function even after the outbreak of a crisis, the WFP supports the needy with cash and vouchers. The WFP works on the long-term prospects of the population. When a crisis or catastrophe has been survived, the WFP supports families in building an existence and an independent life. Thus, causes of hunger are eliminated and the vision of the World Food Programme is put into practice by 2030: A world in which every human being always has access to the food necessary for an active and healthy life. Approximately 14,000 employees are deployed by the WFP, over 90 percent of them work directly on the ground and provide assistance to people in need in remote areas. In crises, the WFP is also responsible for the logistics of the United Nations (UN). Every day, 20 ships, 70 airplanes and 5,000 trucks are deployed for the WFP and provide relief supplies to people where they are most in need. The WFP is part of the UN and is financed exclusively by voluntary contributions from governments, companies and private individuals.