For its efforts to combat hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020.
The prize is awarded to those who have “done the most for the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The award is an acknowledgement of the WFP’s efforts to combat hunger, its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas, and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
2020 has been one of the most challenging years in WFP history. The UN agency had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside work in conflict areas such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Burkina Faso where food insecurity is rife. The WFP was also confronted by locust infestations, drought, and Ebola in Africa.
The agency ran two global operations simultaneously this year. The first was to deliver food to 100 million people worldwide, and the second was to mount a global COVID-19 response.
“As the UN’s largest specialised agency, the World Food Programme is a modern version of the peace congress that the Nobel Peace Prize is intended to promote,” commented the Nobel committee.
“The work of the World Food Programme to the benefit of humankind is an endeavour that all the nations of the world should be able to endorse and support.”