World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations is the world's largest humanitarian organisation and it is committed to working against hunger worldwide.

On average, the WFP reaches more than 80 million people in 75 countries, providing food assistance. The WFP is the leading organisation committed to a world without hunger and is often the first on site in times of crisis. In addition, the WFP works in developing countries to prevent disasters. The organisation is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions. Generous donors, such as the Flemish Government, are the main source of income for the WFP. In affected areas, the WFP also works on food security for the future. It does this through programmes that use food as a means to build infrastructure, disseminate knowledge and to help create stronger and more dynamic communities.

The WFP gives food to people who have very little to eat in exchange for working on their Food-for-Work programmes. These projects build the foundations for a better future. For example, if people no longer have to worry about their next meal, farmers will have the time and energy to build irrigation systems to take their production to a higher level. In a similar way, Food-for-Training programmes offer poor people the opportunity to learn new skills such as bee-keeping, sewing, or even the chance to read and write. This will help them to live more independently in the future.

Flanders supports the WFP because it is still the leading organisation in the provision of food assistance in emergencies. In 2011, Flanders entered into a multi-year commitment with the WFP for 3 million euros over the period 2012-2014. The agreement between the WFP and Flanders concerns the award of a grant to the WFP for an overall contribution to the country offices in Malawi and Mozambique on the one hand, and to the WFP Multilateral Fund on the other.