U.N. World Food Programme (WFP)

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The Deputy executive director of the World Food Program recently said that the United Nations has been forced to cut food, cash payments and assistance to millions of people in many countries because of "a crippling funding crisis".

About U.N. World Food Programme (WFP):


  • It is a branch of the United Nations that deals with hunger eradication and promotes food security in the world.
  • WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency and was established in 1961.
  • The organization's work is guided by Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.
  • It operates in more than 120 countries, provides food assistance during emergencies and works with communities to enhance nutrition and generate resilience.
  • Funding: WFP is funded by voluntary donations from governments, corporates and private donors.
  • It is a member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Headquarters: Rome, Italy
  • It has been functioning in India since 1963.
  • It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. 
  • Report released by the WFP is the Global Report on Food Crisis which describes the scale of acute hunger in the world.


Q1) What is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)?

It is one of the leading international organizations working to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty worldwide. The UNDP was established in 1965 and operates in nearly 170 countries and territories, collaborating with governments, civil society, and other partners to implement development projects and initiatives.

Source: Forced to cut food aid to millions globally because of a funding crisis: UN