World Food Programme

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. 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. WFP works towards that vision with its 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.

 

Objective

The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

 

WFP supports national, local and regional food security and nutrition plans. It partners with other United Nations agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector to enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food needs.

 

WFP's Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 provides the framework for WFP’s operations and its role in achieving a world with zero hunger. It continues WFP’s focus on food assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable women, men, boys and girls.

 

The Plan lays out four objectives:

  1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies;
  2. Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies;
  3. Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs;
  4. Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.

 

WFP Presence in Sudan

WFP has been active in Sudan since the early 1960s.  It all began in 1963 when 50,000 Nubians had to be re-settled away from the rising waters of Lake Nasser caused by the constructions of the Aswan Dam in neighboring Egypt.  For four years, WFP provided the Nubians with food assistance while they settled into their new homes and cultivated their land.  Once moved, these people became the beneficiaries of WFP’s first development programme, inscribed in the organization’s records as “Project Sudan 001.”

 

Since then WFP activities have expanded to cover the entire country, responding to the needs of the most vulnerable and food-insecure people, making Sudan one of the organization’s largest and most complex operations.

 

In July 2015, WFP launched a two-year (2015-2017) Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) focused on building resilience among vulnerable communities and promoting long-term and sustainable food security.  WFP will endeavour to achieve its goal by aligning with national priorities identified by the Republic of Sudan, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and the Humanitarian Response Plan, key donor funded policy frameworks and WFP corporate strategic plan. 

 

The operation plans to assist 5.2 million people of whom 1.8 million are the displaced people in Darfur through a variety of activities which include general food distribution, school feeding, nutrition, food for assets and food for training programmes.

 

WFP has 16 offices in Sudan with a Country Office and a coordination office in Khartoum, three coordination offices based in the capitals of North, South and West Darfur and 13 sub-offices in the deep field in Darfur and in central and eastern Sudan.