Nearly a billion people—one out of every seven people worldwide—are hungry. Hunger is not a problem; it is a basic human right and a need for human survival. The people living in poverty cannot afford healthy and nutritious food, which makes them weaker and unable to work to earn the money that would help them escape poverty and hunger. It also makes them sicker and more susceptible to disease.

The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) works to ameliorate the world’s hunger and provide food where it is most needed. WFP was established in 1961 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations General Assembly as an autonomous joint subsidiary program.

As highlighted in its 1994 mission statement, WFP is the food-aid ...

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