Award recognizes Program efforts during the pandemic; number of beneficiaries grew 82% in 2020
The announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize, on the 9th, which this year was awarded to the UN's World Food Program (United Nations), is a recognition of the institution's efforts to fight hunger, created in September 1962, 58 years ago .
With more than 700 million people suffering hunger, the award comes on the heels of a sum of multilateral efforts to fight malnutrition. The program also helps to reduce food insecurity, which is also used as a weapon of war in regions there are serious social crises.
The expectation is that 270 million people will receive food by the end of the year, an increase of 82% compared to 2019. "Until there is a vaccine [against Covid-19], food is the best vaccine against chaos," he said the chairman of the Nobel Prize committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen.
World Food Program takes Nobel Peace Prize after 58 years of fighting hunger
Sudan World Food Program team celebrates Nobel Peace Prize on 9 October 2020 (Photo: Twitter/ WFP South Sudan)
"This is the greatest recognition the World Food Program family could receive," said the agency's executive director, David Beasley, on Twitter.
“They are out there in the most difficult contexts, in the most complex places in the world, whether there is war or devastation,” he said. “There is no greater honor”.
Nearly six decades of fighting hunger
The World Food Program was created in 1962 at the request of then US President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) with the aim of providing food aid under the UN system.
The agency's objective is not just to assist in emergencies, but in the rehabilitation of communities devastated by conflict or natural disaster.
Countries with serious food insecurity crises, such as Yemen, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and Haiti have priority in the Program queue.
In addition to delivering food, Program agents build food development plans to fight malnutrition around the world.