WFP development food aid helps the hungry escape from the poverty trap. Only by investing in people and their access to resources can we be sure they will remain food secure -- in lean seasons as well as harvest time.
Away from the headlines of humanitarian disasters, hunger and malnutrition gnaw away at the most valuable asset in any country's development: its people. A person who is always hungry is always poor.
For such people, each day is dedicated to finding enough food to subsist. Children hardly ever go to school. Farmers cannot afford to risk trying new agricultural methods.
With no food reserves to protect them from a crop failure and no time to attend a health clinic or learn new skills, these communities live on the edge.
A better future
WFP's development aid temporarily frees the poor of the need to provide food for their families, giving them time and resources to invest in lasting assets such as better houses, clinics and schools, new agricultural skills and technology and, ultimately, a better future.
In 2006, WFP development projects benefitted 24.3 million people. They target homes and communities, where hunger poses a serious threat to health and productivity. When food security is not at risk, development aid is not considered appropriate.
To this end, WFP makes sure its aid is concentrated on pre-identified, food-insecure areas inside recipient countries - usually rural areas of low productivity, areas prone to natural disasters and areas vulnerable to periodic food shortages.
The Agency also works in towns and cities with high concentrations of malnutrition.