12 things you may not know about the World Food Programme
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace. We work in over 120 countries and territories, and assisted 160 million people in 2022 – 53 percent of whom were women and girls and 47 percent men and boys.
Each day we can have up to 6,500 trucks, 20 ships and 140 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance in some of the most remote and challenging parts of the world.
WFP is the frontline agency responding to emergencies caused by conflict, climate shocks, pandemics and other disasters. We are tackling ongoing emergencies in around 20 countries or regions, the majority fuelled by conflict.
We provide school meals to nearly 20 million children, improving both their nutrition and their access to a potentially life-changing education. Since 1990, we have built the capacity of national governments, with more than 40 taking over school-meal programmes.
We received a record US$14.2 billion in contributions in 2022. The gap between needs and resources was the largest in WFP’s six-decade history however – we need to bridge this in order to meet the challenges of a global food crisis and prevent further scaling back of our life-saving assistance.
WFP procured 100,000 mt worth (US$80 million) of food from smallholder farmers in 25 countries in 2022.
In 2022, WFP assisted almost 10 million people through asset creation and livelihood activities. This included the rehabilitation of 235,275 ha of land, the planting of more than 3,000 ha of forest, and the repair or building of more than 3,800 km of roads and trails.
WFP delivered a record 4.8 million mt of food to 108 million people in 2022, representing a 9 percent increase in food delivered to 22 percent more people than in 2021.
More than three quarters of the food we buy comes from developing countries, saving time and money on transport costs and helping sustain and grow local economies.
WFP is the largest cash provider in the humanitarian community, increasing consumer choice and strengthening local markets. In 2022, WFP transferred US$3.3 billion in cash and vouchers in 72 countries, up 42 percent from 2021.
During 2022, we supported 15.2 million people in preparing for, responding to and recovering from climate shocks, across more than 40 countries.
WFP reached more than 28 million people – mainly mothers and children – with malnutrition treatment and prevention programmes in 2022. This included 2 million mt of fortified foods, up 39 percent from 2021.