Friends of the World Food Program Overview
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District of Columbia 20036
Target demographics: Hungry people in 73 countries around the world.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 90 million people
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: School Meals:
School meals programs involve just what the name implies – providing meals in schools. The idea is simple; the impact is significant. Serving food at school not only helps alleviate hunger among the world’s poorest children, it also helps get them into school, providing them with an important key to a better future – an education.
Focus on Women:
WFP is committed to using its policies, programs and actions to promote women’s empowerment as a key to improving food security for all.
Food for Work:
WFP’s food for work programs offer food as payment when people go to work—building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, ports and other essential elements of their communities’ infrastructure. Meanwhile, food for training programs provide food for those who participate in projects that teach a skill, such as sewing or gardening, or offer education on nutrition and health issues.
Purchase for Progress:
P4P aims to give small-scale farmers access to reliable markets and the opportunity to sell their surplus crops to WFP at competitive prices. By purchasing crops from local farmers, the program helps them increase their household incomes – a critical component in solving hunger and poverty at the very core. Buying locally also helps WFP distribute food more quickly to those who need it most.
Families who have been affected by the virus often cite food as their greatest need. That is why WFP distributes food to both HIV/AIDS patients and their families. In 2008, WFP provided assistance to 2.4 million people affected by HIV/AIDS. WFP ensures that good nutrition is an integral part of every care package delivered to a person living with HIV/AIDS.
When emergencies strike, WFP is first on the ground helping people. Whether in the wake of a natural disaster or in the midst of conflict, WFP responds with life-saving food and logistical support. With field offices around the globe and pre-positioned emergency food stocks, WFP is able to deliver food virtually anywhere in the world with as little as one day’s notice.
For every operation that WFP undertakes, it has to establish what type and quantity of food people need. It’s not just a question of providing food, but also making sure what arrives is nutritionally appropriate to address the problem at hand.
WFP's procurement offices are based at the Rome headquarters, with teams around the world, and are responsible for securing the food, goods and services needed to support the agency's mission to solve the problem of global hunger.
Food Security Analysis:
Before intervening in a country, the first priority for WFP is to analyze the food security situation of the population. WFP's food security analysis work is commonly known as VAM (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) and is carried out by 120 analysts around the world.
When the areas needing food are not accessible by road, rail or river, other methods are brought into play. An emergency may require a cargo drop from aircraft or a helicopter airlift, but there are other options too. Locally engaged porters, as well as teams of elephants, yaks, donkeys and camels are also used when necessary.