When natural or man-made disasters strike, food aid is not the only priority. With water, hygiene and emergency shelter also urgently needed, the World Food Programme (WFP) works side by side with other international organizations, including specialist UN agencies. Likewise, non-food resources are also necessary in development projects.
WFP coordinates with other UN agencies, often through the UN Development Assistance Framework, so that their efforts complement one another. Agencies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provide technical assistance in their specific areas of expertise. In countries where we distribute food to refugees or internally displaced people, we have a strong operational partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
WFP has a special relationship with the other two Rome-based UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – with which it shares a common vision of promoting food security by alleviating hunger through food assistance, while working to eliminate its root causes.
We also work closely with other international and regional organizations, such as the EU’s Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the Organization of American States and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). International financial institutions like the World Bank support us through funding.
WFP has a partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, which allows us to engage UN Volunteers and Online Volunteers to support our work to achieve Zero Hunger.
Policy and advocacy work carried out by the WFP offices in New York and Brussels support partnerships on the ground, concentrating mainly on relations with other UN agencies and Member States, and European institutions respectively.
The WFP office in New York works to position WFP as a preferred and trusted partner for the people it serves, Member States, the UN system, private sector organizations and NGOs. The office has contributed to raising the profile of food security and nutrition issues in global sustainable development, as well as ensuring support to operations. This was through the negotiations on, and planning for the implementation of, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other processes including the General Assembly Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, Habitat III, Financing for Development, the World Humanitarian Summit, Peace Operation Reviews, discussions on migration and engagement with the Security Council and Integrated Task Forces.
The WFP Brussels Office establishes and fosters partnerships with a number of EU institutions. It provides technical and normative support to other WFP offices during the negotiation, formulation and management of EU donor contracts from DG ECHO, DEVCO and NEAR. Additionally, it engages as a leader and partner in strategic dialogue with key EU institutions, covering the whole spectrum of WFP’s core mandate. The WFP Brussels Office also organizes and manages donor visibility activities targeted at the European public, such as events and campaigns, social media promotion, and media trips.