World Food Programme (WFP)

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The World Food Programme (WFP) was founded in 1961 as a UN special agency for food aid and is the world's largest humanitarian agency. The organisation's goal is primarily to provide sufficient food to people in acute hunger crises.

In addition, WFP provides support through long-term projects in regions that are in a permanent precarious food situation due to structural conditions. For several years, an integrative method linking food aid and development promotion is being pursued.

The WFP is subordinate to the FAO and ECOSOC and is governed by the Executive Board (EB), which consists of 36 Member states. In 2013/14, Switzerland was a member of the EB. The WFP is the UN humanitarian organisation that receives the most financial support from Switzerland; in 2014, Switzerland contributed almost USD 85.9 million to WFP and ranked fourteenth amongst its international donors.


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Last modification 15.08.2018

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