Exciting News in the Fight Against Hunger
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger, its role in improving the conditions of conflict-affected areas for peace, and for being “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”
Founded in 1961, the United Nations WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security for over 100 million people every year in over 88 countries.
This year, the coronavirus pandemic has created a strong upsurge in the number of hunger victims worldwide. The combination of violent conflicts and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in the number of people living on the brink of starvation for countries such as Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso. The WFP has intensified its efforts in increasing food security to not only achieve the goal of zero hunger but to also achieve stability and peace. As it stated, “Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos.”
Executive director David Beasley stated that the award was a "call to action," urging people to "step up and step up now."
On October 19, Beasley cautioned that next year shall be frightening. “Economic deterioration, supply chain disruption coupled with the increased needs – 2021 is not looking good,” he said. “We’ve got the solution. We’ve got a vaccine against starvation and destabilization. That’s called food, and we just need money.”
The WFP is calling on billionaires and large businesses, who have thrived during the pandemic, to provide financial assistance to fight the worsening global hunger crisis. You can help in the movement towards zero hunger by donating directly to the WFP too. Every bit really counts in making a big difference!