At any given time, the World Food Programme (WFP) has thousands of people on the move; trucks, planes and ships moving tons of food and other essential items; and experts providing high quality services – all in a bid to bring closer a world without hunger.
With more than 50 years’ experience delivering food assistance in some of the planet’s remotest and most insecure regions, WFP is a partner of choice in humanitarian response and also, increasingly, in the effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
We work with governments and NGOs, with suppliers and local communities. We engage businesses and smallholder farmers. We invest in local economies, markets and the private sector.
By prioritizing local companies and national first responders, for both our emergency assistance and our resilience-building projects, we contribute to more sustainable agricultural systems, more dynamic retail sectors, more robust transport networks. Through our supply chain, we spend more than US$2 billion in the countries where we operate, filling gaps in local supply chains wherever needed.
Our expertise and the size of our demand for food, goods and services help strengthen these sectors, resulting in higher purchasing power for the people we serve. In operations involving cash, we help optimize the transport and bulk-buying strategies of our contracted retailers, so that they can cut costs and reduce shelf prices. This allows our beneficiaries to buy more – and more nutritious – food. Our planning, sourcing and delivery strategies make the most of donor resources and help professionalize commercial markets, thereby boosting economic growth.
WFP also makes this global capacity and expertise available to UN agencies, NGOs and governments.
We have a responsibility to offer shared services that enable our partners to reach those in need: safe and reliable transport for aid workers through UNHAS, the UN's only mandated humanitarian air service; global hubs that store and dispatch pre-positioned relief supplies through the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD); or the ability to coordinate operations through inter-agency mechanisms such as the Logistics Cluster.
While perfecting the tools of emergency response, we continue to close the gap between the humanitarian and development contexts. Together with governments and other partners, we seek sustainable solutions to the underlying causes of crises, invest in more viable markets, and promote stronger commercial sectors.