What is WFP?
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, WFP gets 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, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.
On average, WFP reaches 80 million people with food assistance in over 80 countries each year.
WFP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 Objectives:
The Strategic Plan sets out what WFP will do to contribute to the broader global goals of reducing risk and vulnerability to shocks, breaking the cycle of hunger and achieving sustainable food security and nutrition, in line with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge.
1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies
WFP Liaison Office in Brussels
The WFP EU Liaison Office, established in 1996, is working in close partnership with European Union institutions, as well as the Government of Belgium.
WFP’s key partners in the European Commission are multifold. Together with the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) WFP is working on fighting hunger in emergency context such as in conflicts or during natural disasters. In order to tackle root-causes of food insecurity, WFP is teaming up with the Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) to find sustainable solutions for vulnerable household living in developing nations. When it concerns country operations that are close to the EU, WFP also receives funding from the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
Contributing more than €1.2 billion in 2015, together the European Commission and EU Member States helped WFP provide food assistance across 55 countries. WFP Brussels additionally serves as a liaison with the Belgian government, which is a strategic partner in using mobile technology to fight hunger and for WFP’s immediate response account
Furthermore, WFP Brussels works in coordination with sister UN agencies based in Brussels, such as UNHCR on issues relating to refugee protection, UNICEF on child development and FAO on improving food and nutritional security. WFP in Brussels has also joined forces with several NGOs working in compatible fields. Our priority is to consolidate these relationships through fundraising, policy negotiations and advocacy.
WFP Office in Brussels
Avenue des Arts 41
B-1040 Brussels (Belgium)
Factsheets & Infographics
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.
Policy and Outreach
WFP produces and contributes to a wide range of reports and studies on hunger-related questions, offering important inputs to policy debates.
Get a solid 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.
- Nutrition: right food, right time
- Women and WFP
- The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015
- El Niño and Food Security
The Annual Reports take a detailed but brief look at WFP’s yearly activities. They focus on who we helped, and where and how we did it.