On October 9th, the World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its “efforts to combat world hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”
With the ongoing pandemic crisis and political conflict in countries like Yemen, there has been a surge of victims of hunger throughout the world. While the world faces a fight against the pandemic, the WFP takes on challenges on both fronts – coronavirus and world hunger. The organisation has said, “until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos,” as noted in a Reuters article.
In their efforts to eradicate world hunger, the WFP has assisted in about 88 countries with almost 100 million people who are “victims of acute food insecurity and hunger” according to the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 announcement. The continuous work of the World Food Programme is celebrated with such a prestigious award that acknowledges the efforts of the organisation to support humankind.