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Thursday, October 15, 2020


World Food Program Wins Nobel Peace Prize. 

GUEST BLOG / By Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)-- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (NYT) for its efforts to stop global hunger, a problem exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. 

 The WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization focused on hunger and food security. Founded in 1961, it is headquartered in Rome and has 80 depots worldwide. 

The chair of the Nobel committee said the award was also a call to the world to adequately fund the WFP, which has estimated that the number of people facing food insecurity will double to roughly 270 million as a result of the pandemic. 

Last month, WFP Executive Director David Beasley said the agency needed $5 billion to prevent 30 million people from dying of starvation. Analysis “When we think of hunger, we often think of rural communities and subsistence farmers—places and groups disproportionately hit by food insecurity in the past,” Chase Sova, senior director of public policy and research at WFP USA, tells CFR. 

“But COVID-19 is an altogether new threat, affecting the urban poor in great numbers.” “If you look at the United States, where people are struggling…you can imagine if that’s happening in the most sophisticated supply chain system in the world, what do you think’s happening in Chad or Burkina Faso or places that are struggling to make ends meet?” Beasley said during this CFR virtual meeting. 

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