United Nations Word Food Programme – World Food Day

Photo credit: World Food Programme Website

Photo credit: World Food Programme Website

This Wednesday, October 16th, is the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP)’s World Food Day!

What is World Food Programme (WFP)?

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds around 90 million people in 80 countries. WFP is in the frontline of fighting against hunger, and they save lives by getting food to the hungry fast.

Which emergencies do WFP respond to? 

WFP responds to 5 major emergencies: Ebola, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, and Central African Republic.

What is World Food Day?

United Nations WFP marked October 16th as World Food Day, by highlighting both the challenges around the world and the real progress being made toward “zero hunger”. According to The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 report, the total number of hungry people in the world is down by 37 million, to 805 million, and 63 countries have reached international hunger-reduction targets before 2015, proof of the progress possible when governments, humanitarian organizations and the private sector come together to make lasting change.

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