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The great setback: How coronavirus sent schoolchildren home hungry

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the

2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

WFP in numbers

100 million people in 88 countries

receive assistance from WFP through food or cash distributions in emergencies, nutrition support programmes and participation in activities to build resilience to climate and other shocks.

5.6K trucks 100 aircraft and 30 ships

are on the go on any given day, enabling WFP to prevent people from falling into famine and deliver vital food and other assistance to those who need it the most.

17.3 million children in 59 countries

receive nutritious meals from WFP, which allow them to concentrate on their learning and develop their full potential.

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Get up-to-date information on food security in 90 countries. See the map

Saving lives
in emergencies

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WFP is one of the first agencies on the ground in global emergencies caused by conflict, climate shocks, pandemics and other disasters. We provide life-saving support to people at risk of going hungry, and we coordinate the response of the global humanitarian community to large-scale emergencies.

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Changing lives
worldwide

Food assistance: cash-based and in-kind

WFP distributes food in areas where it is scarce. In places where food is available but unaffordable, we give vulnerable people cash or vouchers to buy nutritious ingredients. These cash transfers give people more choice, protect them from financial exploitation, and support the local economy.

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Where we work

In 2019, WFP assisted 97 million people - the largest number since 2012 - in 90 countries.

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