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Adopted just over a year after the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 aligns the organization’s work to the 2030 Agenda’s global call to action, which prioritizes efforts to end poverty, hunger and inequality, encompassing humanitarian as well as development efforts.

The Strategic Plan is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth in the 2030 Agenda,  in particular SDG 2 on ending hunger and SDG 17 on revitalizing global partnerships for implementation of the SDGs. It ushers in a new planning and operational structure, including the implementation of results-based country portfolios that will maximize WFP’s contribution to governments’ efforts towards achieving the SDGs.

Responding to emergencies and saving lives and livelihoods – either through direct assistance, or by strengthening country capacities – remains at the heart of WFP’s operations, especially as humanitarian needs become increasingly complex and protracted.

At the same time, WFP will support countries in ensuring no one is left behind by continuing to build resilience for food security and nutrition and addressing the growing challenges posed by climate change and rising inequality.

Mirroring the structure of the 2030 Agenda, each of the Plan’s two Strategic Goals – support countries to achieve Zero Hunger and partner to support implementation of the SDGs – is articulated through Strategic Objectives and Strategic Results, against which progress can be measured.

WFP’s Strategic Goals, Objectives and Results are:

Strategic Goals

Strategic Objectives

Strategic Results

 1. Support countries to achieve zero hunger (SDG 2)

 1. End hunger by protecting access to food

 2. Improve nutrition

 3. Achieve food security

 1. Everyone has access to food (SDG Target 2.1)

 2. No one suffers from malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2)

 3. Smallholders have improved food security and nutrition through improved productivity and incomes (SDG Target 2.3)

 4. Food systems are sustainable (SDG Target 2.4)


 2. Partner to support implementation of the SDGs (SDG 17)

 4. Support SDG implementation

 5. Partner for SDG results

 5. Developing countries have strengthened capacities to implement the SDGs (SDG Target 17.9)

 6. Policies to support sustainable development are coherent (SDG Target 17.14)

 7. Developing countries access a range of financial resources for development investment (SDG Target 17.3)

 8. Sharing of knowledge, expertise and technology, strengthen global partnership support to country efforts to achieve the SDGs (SDG Target 17.16)


Implementation of the Strategic Plan (2017–2021) is being adapted in response to local contexts, capacities and partnerships. Country Strategic Plans will determine the Strategic Results to which WFP will contribute in each country, dependent upon the specific situation and dynamics of that country and aligning with national priorities and goals, including the achievement of national SDG targets.