The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
WFP's Key Achievements in 2013
3.1 million metric tons of food were distributed
Through programs like Food For Assets, WFP provides food in exchange for work on vital infrastructure projects like water reservoirs and irrigation systems that build resilience against future food shortages.
Take, for example, Halwo lives in Somalia. In 2011, Halwo and her neighbors were devastated by a drought that forced them to trek nearly 6 miles every day to fetch water. It was not uncommon for women to be attacked on the long journey alone. But by supporting Halwo‘s community with food aid in exchange for work on a new water reservoir, WFP and a local partner called Alliance Organization Aid have enhanced the community’s resilience against future droughts. Today, the water reservoir, known as the Dawaacale pan, provides enough water for 3,000 people and their livestock. In fact, plans are already underway to expand the reservoir’s capacity so it can serve an even greater number and help the community become self-sufficient. “It is really a blessing for us,” Halwo says.
Because half of the world’s hungry people are small-scale farmers, WFP is also leveraging its power as one of the world’s major food buyers by purchasing from local farmers whenever possible. The program— called Purchase for Progress— offers small-scale farmers a reliable buyer and a fair price for their crops, as well as technical assistance and support. Since the program’s inception in 2008, WFP has contracted $145 million worth of food from small-scale farmers. By raising farmers’ incomes and expanding local markets, Purchase for Progress drives agricultural growth in 20 of the world’s poorest countries and empowers communities in the fight against chronic hunger.
More than 90% of WFP’s 13,500 employees are based in the field, where they coordinate relief efforts, monitor progress and help communities achieve self-sufficiency
We believe that hunger is a global issue that we can solve. There is enough food for every person (more than 2100 kilocalories/day) in this world to lead a healthy life, yet there are 1 in 8 people who go to bed hungry - most of them women and children. The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency seeking to end hunger worldwide, assisting more than 97 million people across 80 countries with 3.5 million tons of food in 2012!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Despite the impression you often get from the media, emergencies account for less than 8% of hunger's victims. Few people realize that there are 870 million hungry people in the world who don't make the headlines. That is more than the combined populations of the US, Canada and the European Union. They are of all ages, from infants whose mothers cannot produce enough milk to the elderly with no relatives to care for them and they are all in need of adequate nutrition.
How will this project solve this problem?
WFP has several programs to provide short & long term goals to combat hunger. WFP provides direct nutrition interventions that benefit children during their first 1000 days of life--from conception to age 2. School meals provided by WFP incentivize families to send their children to school, breaking the cycle of poverty. Purchase for Progress (P4P) links small-scale farmers to agricultural training and local markets. WFP also provides emergency food assistance during natural disasters and conflicts.
Potential Long Term Impact
P4P links small-scale farmers to agricultural training & reliable markets. The 5-year pilot program is assisting small-scale farmers in 21 of the poorest countries. Food purchases jumpstart market capacities, increase household income and allow small-scale farmers to more effectively invest in future crops and increase agricultural growth. "Food for Assets" gives food to community members in exchange for work on vital new infrastructure and training programs that will increase overall food security.
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