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 being 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!
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.
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. 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.
P4P links small-scale farmers to agricultural training & reliable markets. The 5-year pilot program assists small-scale farmers in 21 of the poorest countries. Food purchases jump-start 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.