World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM)
Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA)

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24 Nov 1961, as part of United Nations System, jointly by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 1714 (XVI) of 19 Dec 1961 and resolution 1/61 of the 1961 Conference of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Initially established on a 3-year experimental basis, with operations starting Jan 1963 and extended by General Assembly resolution 2095 (XX) of 20 Dec 1965, on a continuing basis for as long as multilateral food aid is found feasible and desirable. The General Assembly and the FAO Conference endorsed resolution XXII of 16 Nov 1976 at the World Food Conference, by which the United Nations/FAO Intergovernmental Committee (IGC), which provided guidance on policy, administration and operations of the Programme, reconstituted as the Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes of the UN/FAO World Food Programme. In line with the provisions of General Assembly resolution 48/162, WFP was restructured in 1995. WFP is an organ of United Nations (UN) linked to the General Assembly and to United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies; support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies; reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs; reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.

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Humanitarian/emergency aid.


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Arabic, English, French, Spanish.


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Relations with 91 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 26 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 36 countries
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  • Amenities
    • Food
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • FAO Bodies
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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