For every operation that the World Food Programme (WFP) undertakes, it has to establish what type and quantity of food people need. It’s not just a question of providing food, but also making sure what arrives is nutritionally appropriate to address the problem at hand.
Using international standards and guidance, WFP’s nutrition experts advise on appropriate food baskets for people facing hunger and the risk of malnutrition. Of course, diets are different all over the world and food assistance has to be matched with what the local population is used to cooking and eating. Learn more about WFP's nutrition food baskets that are distributed in programmes and humanitarian emergencies
Early Years Crucial
Some of our programmes have a very specific nutritional objective and try to address a specific deficiency or improve the nutritional intake of a specific group of people.
Research confirms that good nutrition in the early years of life is crucial for human growth and mental development. That’s why a large part of WFP’s nutrition work is directed at young children and mothers. WFP also works with other vulnerable groups, such as people living with HIV and children orphaned by AIDS. Learn more about WFP's response to HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis.
Nutrition In All Operations
Nutrition considerations cut across all WFP operations and programmes. The agency is giving nutritional input, even in an emergency-related general food distribution. The same is true, in less dramatic circumstances, when it provides a snack of fortified biscuits or a hot meal for school children during the school day.
Malnutrition affects millions of people around the world. A third of all deaths in children under the age of five in developing countries are linked to undernutrition. WFP’s role in fighting malnutrition is not only to treat it but also to prevent it becoming severe in the first place.
Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger
Key United Nation (UN) agencies working on food and nutrition issues are working to help countries with high levels of child undernutrition to scale up their response through an approach called REACH -- Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and undernutrition. It puts countries in the lead and works through partnerships and coordinated action by UN agencies, civil society, donors, and the private sector. WFP is involved, along with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, UNICEF, World Health Organisation and IFAD. Learn more about REACH's tackle on undernutrition and its nutrition-sensitive approach that integrates the support and participation of different government sectors.
World Food Day 2014: Progress And Challenges
Senior Nutrition Advisor at the World Food Programme, Martin W. Bloem, highlights another year of progress in reducing global hunger.