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World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

The WFP has been known to deliver aid by helicopter, plane or even on the back of an elephant © AFP/File / TONY KARUMBA

Oslo, Norway, Oct 9 – The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme on Friday for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea, as the coronavirus pandemic pushes millions more into hunger.

The WFP was “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”, Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said on unveiling the winner in Oslo.

“This is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand-in-hand,” the Rome-based organisation said on Twitter, with executive director David Beasley adding in a video: “This is the first time in my life I’ve been speechless.”

Founded in 1961, the UN body helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries.

World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

The winners of the Nobel prize for Peace from 2016-2020 © AFP

Whether delivering food by helicopter or on the back of an elephant or a camel, the WFP prides itself on being “the leading humanitarian organisation” in a world where, by its own estimates, some 690 million people — one in 11 — go to bed on an empty stomach.

“With this year’s award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger,” Reiss-Andersen said.

“The link between hunger and armed conflict is a vicious circle: war and conflict can cause food insecurity and hunger, just as hunger and food insecurity can cause latent conflicts to flare up and trigger the use of violence.

“We will never achieve the goal of zero hunger unless we also put an end to war and armed conflict.”

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “delighted” that the prize had gone to “the world’s first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity”.

– Yemen worries –

Despite making progress over the past three decades, the UN’s goal to eradicate hunger by 2030 appears out of reach if current trends continue, according to experts.

World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

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