The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their lives. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.
WFP's strategic plan for 2008-2013 lays out five objectives for the organisation:
1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies2. Prevent acute hunger and invest in disaster preparedness and mitigation measures3. Restore and rebuild lives and livelihoods in post-conflict, post-disaster or transition situations4. Reduce chronic hunger and undernutrition5. Strengthen the capacities of countries to reduce hunger, including through hand-over strategies and local purchase
The plan marked a historical shift from WFP as a food aid agency to WFP as a food assistance agency, with a more nuanced and robust set of tools to respond to critical hunger needs. Its overarching goal is to reduce dependency and to support governmental and global efforts to ensure long term solutions to the hunger challenge. A new strategic plan for 2014-2017 will be published this year following WFP's Executive Board meetings.
Our comprehensive website is available in 15 languages and has an extensive database of our publications. For more information on our strategic objectives, current operations, partnerships or how to donate; please log on to www.wfp.org.
The WFP Brussels Office, created in 1996, works closely with the world's largest aid donor, the European Union. WFP Brussels maintains constant dialogue and a working partnership with its second largest donor: the European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), and also with the Commission's Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid).
WFP Brussels also contributes to public consultations hosted by the European Commission in its development of new policy relevant to humanitarian aid, as well as, key issues such as resilience and social protection. Within the European Parliament, the office engages with members of the Committee on Development (DEVE) to advocate for the fight against hunger to remain high on the committee's agenda. While within the European Council the office is also regularly invited to address the European Council's Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA). To date, WFP Brussels has attended several of the COHAFA meetings and spoken on a variety of food security issues.
In 2012, the combined contribution from EU Member States and the European Commission to WFP was over €800 million; underlining the belief shared by WFP and its European partners that better integration of humanitarian and development efforts is needed to strengthen resilience and break the cycle of hunger.
As well as engaging in discussions with the EU institutions, WFP Brussels also works in coordination with other UN agencies based in Brussels, such as UNHCR on issues relating to displacement, UNICEF on issues of nutrition and FAO on issues of resilience. We serve as a liaison with the Belgian government and we have also joined forces with a number of NGOs, such as Save the Children and Concern, towards influencing EU policy on nutrition. Our priority is to consolidate these relationships through fundraising, policy negotiations and advocacy.
Further, WFP Brussels strives to support WFP offices worldwide in their communications with the European Commission, in employing EU funding efficiently and transparently, and in continuous efforts to develop and strengthen cooperation with EU Delegations in the 32 countries affected by hunger where the EU and WFP worked together in 2012.
European Commission Donor profile
EU Food Assistance Convention
European Development and Cooperation- EuropeAid
European Commission Nutrition Communication 2013
European Union Food Facility (EUFF)
Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN)
Zero Hunger Challenge
EU Approach to Resilience 2012
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The foundations of WFP's fight against global hunger lie in our policy decisions. The details of these decisions can be found below in our Policy Papers and in our Strategic Plan (see below).
On this overview page you also have quick access to some of our most popular publications: Fact Sheets and Annual Reports.
WFP policy papers lay out our thinking on key issues connected to our work. We also produce other policy-related reports and studies, offering important contributions to policy debates.
From local procurement to school meals, our Fact Sheets provide you with a rapid overview of the issues affecting WFP and its work to combat hunger.
The Strategic Plan sets the direction of WFP by establishing the organisation's strategic and management priorities in the four-year planning period. Strategic Plans are updated every two years.
Get a overview of a subject with our downloadable brochures. They cover school meals, nutrition, women and hunger and a range of other issues key to WFP's work.
As part of her work, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran frequently gives speeches on hunger and the organisation's responses to it. Our Deputy Executive Directors do the same.
Look here to see her blog
The Annual Report takes a detailed but brief look at WFP's yearly activities. It is specifically targeted at the Executive Board, drawing the Board's attention to the key issues faced by WFP in the previous 12 months.
Christine van Nieuwenhuyse, ex-director of WFP Brussels
State of School Feeding Worldwide 2013
Year in Review 2012
WFP in Africa 2012