Transcript For 'How To Feed 90 Million People'


Narrator: It’s thanks to generous contributions by governments and people like you that WFP feeds more than 90 million people a year. So how exactly do you feed that many people? By getting all sorts of specialists working together. It’s like fitting together the pieces of a jigsaw. The first piece of the jigsaw is getting the facts. We need to know where there are hungry people and how many of them there are. In an emergency, we send in teams to answer those questions, but we also keep ahead of the game, watching potential hunger hotspots constantly.

The next piece of the jigsaw is choosing the right response. Our experts decide on the right kinds of food and how to distribute them. In an emergency, we might give food to all affected families. If people already have some food, we might use special products to give children a nutritional boost.

The next piece is getting hold of the food we need. Although a few governments give us food directly, we buy a large proportion ourselves. We buy as close as possible to the people who need the food, so we save on transport costs and also help the local economy. But however close the food, there’s always a need for transportation, so logistics is an important piece of the jigsaw. On any given day, WFP has 5000 trucks on the ground, along with 30 ships at sea and 70 planes in the air. When these can’t do the job, there are other options.

 When there’s a natural disaster, like an earthquake or a flood, every minute counts. The pieces of the puzzle need to come together fast. That’s why we invest in early warning systems that help us prepare, by putting food supplies in places that may become hard to reach in an emergency. Being prepared, getting the facts, getting the right food and delivering it fast- that’s how you feed more than 90 million people a year.