World Food Programme (WFP)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Fighting hunger worldwide

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.

WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome -- the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) -- as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.

On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. About 11,500 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.

To learn more, watch the video outlining our mission, read our Mission Statement and our 2013 Annual Performance Report or download the Infographic.

Corporate Information

WFP is governed by the WFP Executive Board, which consists of 36 Member States.

The organization is headed by an Executive Director, who is appointed jointly by the UN Secretary General and the Director-General of FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization). The Executive Director is appointed for fixed five-year terms.

The current Executive Director is Ertharin Cousin, who was appointed in 2012. She is responsible for the administration of WFP as well as the implementation of its programmes, projects and other activities. WFP also has one Deputy Executive Director and three Assistant Executive Directors with specific briefs.

The organization's strategic direction is mapped out in its Strategic Plan, which is renewed every four years. The latest plan, approved by the Board in 2013, reaffirms WFP's focus on food assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable women, men, boys and girls.

WFP’s annual report is available in a special online edition that explains WFP's key achievements in 2013 with simple, straightforward visuals.

WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its funding. Its principal donors are governments, but we also receive donations from the private sector and individuals.
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