World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize 2020
Oslo, Oct 9: The World Food Programme, a United Nations body, is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security
The World Food Programme won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 on October 9.
The World Food Programme, a United Nations body, is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries.
“The World Food Programme has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said while making the announcement from the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
In answer to a question, Ms. Reiss-Andersen said this is a call to the international community not to underfund the WFP and ensure that the people of the world are not starving. She also highlighted the relation between the starving population of the world and the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic has increased the need for food aid,” she said.