Achieving zero hunger and putting an end to the food insecurity that blights the lives of more than 800 million people worldwide is the work of many. To pursue this goal, the World Food Programme (WFP) works collaboratively with thousands of partners, including governments, private sector, UN agencies, international finance groups, academia, NGOs and other civil society groups.
The more than 1,000 NGOs we collaborate with around the world constitute our biggest group of partners.
WFP has always relied on partnerships to drive our activities and, in support of Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are committed to working with a wide range of partners in new ways, including leveraging multi-stakeholder partnerships, to better meet people’s needs and leave no one behind. This new way of working together is reflected in SDG 17 on partnership, which serves as a pillar of WFP’s strategic plan, along with SDG 2, on achieving Zero Hunger.
Partnerships should contribute to shared objectives, and deliver increased efficiency and effectiveness. This approach is articulated in the WFP’s Corporate Partnership Strategy (CPS). WFP’s approach to partnering is rooted in strong principles and a consistent understanding of the value of partnership, and is responsive to the different strengths, weaknesses and needs of different partners.
WFP subscribes to the 2007 UN Principles of Partnership defined in the Global Humanitarian Platform (GHP).
Partners provide WFP with human, financial and technical resources; information, monitoring and evaluation and analysis; as well as capabilities to support programmes and operations. Policy and advocacy partners, such as UN sister agencies, help WFP define policies and strategies at the global, regional and local level and support advocacy to achieve Zero Hunger.
Through the inter-agency cluster system, partnerships ensure better coordination during emergencies in areas such as telecommunications and food security.
In turn, WFP offers its partners cutting edge expertise in a range of areas, from nutrition and food security, to logistics, telecommunications and long-term capacity building; the scale of its operations and presence in 80 countries; operational qualities such as agility, responsiveness and delivery focus; and core values like accountability and transparency.