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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.

 

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Projects

Ebay Against Hunger

Ebay Against Hunger

Small holders around the world are often forced to sell their harvests below market value due to a lack of market and pricing information. A new app by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is going to change this.

A project of WFP

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IRIS SCAN TECHNOLOGY FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN

IRIS SCAN TECHNOLOGY FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN

Syrian refugees in Jordan don't pay for their food with cash or credit cards, but rather with a quick glance at the camera.

A project of the WFP

 

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CASH AND VOUCHERS AGAINST HUNGER

CASH AND VOUCHERS AGAINST HUNGER

Often food is not lacking, but the money for it is. With electronic vouchers hunger is to be controlled in the Horn of Africa.

A procet of the WFP

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Articles

School Feeding: A unique platform to address gender inequalities

School Feeding: A unique platform to address gender inequalities

By Carmen Burbano de Lara (WFP)

Besides the well known impacts of Covid19 lockdowns for the adult population, the associated school closures led to 90 percent of the world’s children with no access to schools. However, school meals are in often the only daily meal for children. Without access to this safety net, issues like hunger, poverty and malnutrition are exacerbated for hundreds of millions of children.

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Green from the growth container

Green from the growth container

By Maria Smentek

If there is a lack of fertile soil and rain, hunger breaks out quickly. Hydroponic-systems can help

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Revolutionising Humanitarian Aid

Revolutionising Humanitarian Aid

By Ralf Südhoff

Financial innovations can prevent a crisis turning into a catastrophe. The livelihoods of people in affected areas may well depend on intervention before a crisis – and on risk funds.

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Authors of this partner

Carmen Burbano de Lara

Carmen Burbano de Lara

Ms. Burbano de Lara is WFP’s world expert in school feeding and a member of the Technical Committee for School Feeding of the Partnership for Child Development at the Imperial College in London. In this capacity, she has advised the governments of China, Colombia and Kenya, Ghana, among others, often in partnership with the World Bank. During her 14 years of experience with WFP, Carmen Burbano de Lara has specialized in supporting governments to strengthen their national social protection and safety net policies and programmes and to tackle malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Maria Smentek

Maria Smentek

Maria Smentek is the communications officer in the Berlin office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP Berlin's communications efforts focus on humanitarian crises, development programmes and innovations in the fight against hunger.

 

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Ralf Südhoff

Ralf Südhoff

Since the beginning of 2008, Ralf Südhoff has been director in Berlin for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

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