Policy / Publications

Key Publications


Food Procurement in Developing Countries

WFP’s current policy is to procure food in a manner that is cost-effective, timely and appropriate to beneficiary needs, encouraging procurement from developing countries to the widest extent possible. When...

Targeting in Emergencies

Targeting is a process that spans the life of a food aid operation, not just the initial phases of identifying beneficiaries; finding the right balance between inclusion and exclusion errors, opportunity costs and...

Note on Humanitarian Access and its implications for WFP

This paper aims to explain the challenges faced by WFP in securing humanitarian access in conflict and non-conflict emergencies.  It also aims to describe WFP’s role and approach, within the wider United...

Ending Child Hunger and Undernutrition Initiative: Global Framework for Action

The Ending Child Hunger and Undernutrition Initiative (ECHUI) is a global partnership that focuses attention on the causes and effects of child hunger and undernutrition. It aims to mobilize support for national...

Consolidated Framework of WFP Policies

This updated version of the policy framework includes four policies endorsed by WFP's Executive Board in 2006: (i) targeting in emergencies, (ii) food procurement in developing countries, (iii) engagement in poverty...

Engagement in Poverty Reduction Strategies

This paper reflects on the opportunities and challenges for WFP engagement in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) process and associated programmes such as Sector-Wide Approaches (SWAPs). WFP/EB.A/2006/5-B

The Role and Application of Economic Analysis in WFP

The purpose of this paper is to present a framework for the role and use of economic analysis in WFP.  It will be used to focus WFP’s growing capacity in this area and to guide further development. This...

Financial Framework for Strategic Priority 5 Implementation

In approving the document “Building Country and Regional Capacities” (WFP/EB.3/2004/4-B), which sets out a policy framework for WFP’s Strategic Priority 5, the Executive Board requested further...

Definition of Emergencies

WFP’s existing definition of emergencies dates from 1970 and was last reviewed in 1986. The purpose of this paper is to determine the continuing appropriateness of the definition in the light of WFP’s operational...

Exiting Emergencies

Knowing how to end an emergency response can be as important as knowing when to begin
one. WFP needs to be sure that its strong capacity for emergency intervention is
accompanied by appropriate exits....