The UN’s emergency food relief agency, the World Food Programme (WFP), has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee said WFP was recognized “for its efforts to combat hunger, for 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”.
Responding to the award, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, said the agency was “deeply humbled” adding that “where there is conflict, there is hunger. And where there is hunger, there is often conflict. Today is a reminder that food security, peace and stability go together. Without peace, we cannot achieve our global goal of zero hunger”.
Established in 1961, WFP describes itself as world’s largest humanitarian organization, “saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.”