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For the World Food Programme (WFP), responding to emergencies – whatever their cause or location – is second nature.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disrupting the world as we knew it, with a heavy toll on human lives and economic activities. Its rapid global spread is threatening to affect millions of people already made vulnerable by food insecurity, malnutrition and the effects of conflict and other disasters.
To minimize the impact of the epidemic on the 100 million people it intends to serve this year, WFP is adapting its planning to ensure they will continue receiving the assistance they need.
With our long-standing experience and vast expertise in emergency response, logistics and supply chain, emergency telecommunications, nutrition and other key areas, we stand ready to help through this unprecedented crisis.
WFP is also putting its expertise in the areas of data collection and analysis, policy and advocacy support, and service provision at the service of governments’ strategies to address the medium-term consequences of the pandemic.
This includes working with governments to: strengthen and expand social protection programmes to address poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition; sustain food production, trade, distribution and consumption; support national health systems through improved supply chains, data collection and targeted nutrition services for the most vulnerable; and provide alternatives to school feeding where educational activities have been suspended in the wake of the pandemic.