World Food Programme

World Food Programme (1962, Rome; see UN World Food Programme; www.wfp.org)

Assists 86.7 million people in around 83 countries each year. On any given day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 20 ships, and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance.Two-thirds of their work is in conflict-affected countries.

WFP was created by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1962 as an experiment to provide food aid through the UN system, with a mission of emergency aid and rehabilitation. In 1965, WFP became a UN program, to provide “multilateral food aid.”

Partners with governments, NGOs, UN agencies, and others.

Leadership: David Beasley, executive director

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