The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies WFP delivers food to areas where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflicts and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, food is used to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
WFP pursues a vision of a world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.
The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
WFP supports national, local and regional food security and nutrition plans. It partners with other United Nations agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector to enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food needs.
WFP’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 provides the framework for WFP’s operations and its role in achieving a world with zero hunger. The Plan lays out four objectives:
1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies;
2. Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies;
3. Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs;
4. Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.
On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries every year, and is funded entirely by voluntary donations.
WFP in Denmark
The Nordic WFP Office in Copenhagen works to raise awareness of and advocate for the results and key role of WFP and its Nordic partners in achieving zero hunger. The office is WFP’s window to the Nordic countries which are strategically important partners. Combined, the Nordic countries were the 6th largest donor to WFP in 2014 and among WFP’s top multilateral donors. The Nordic WFP Office serves as liaison between the WFP headquarters in Rome, regional and country offices and partners in the Nordic countries.
The Nordic WFP Office executes the principle functions of communications and advocacy to a broad cross section of key stakeholders to raise awareness in the Nordic countries to further generate political and public support to the fight against hunger. Activities include presentations and lectures, participation in workshops and conferences, study trips for parliamentarians and journalists, outreach to traditional external media platforms as well as working through WFP’s own websites and social media platforms.