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World Food Programme

The goal of the World Food Programme (WFP) is to see a world without hunger. It was founded in 1963 by the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Its task is to provide food for the needy in particular emergency situations, such as supplying drought victims or refugees with basic foods.

In addition to this though, it supports broader-based development programmes in developing countries, in which food is used as an instrument to support the economic and social development of the affected individuals.

For instance, within the framework of Food for Work measures, which are generally labour-intensive self-help projects such as the construction of roads, irrigation channels or dykes, individuals are "paid" for their labour in food. Support is also given to meals programmes for school children or hospital patients and people living with HIV.

The WFP's total expenditure of 3.72 billion US dollars in 2008 benefited 102.1 million people in 78 countries of the world. This makes it the world's largest humanitarian emergency aid organisation, and, along with UNICEF and UNHCR the most important UN organisation in this field.

The WFP is financed only by voluntary contributions. In 2009 the German government made 132.1 million US dollars available to the programme, making Germany its sixth biggest donor.

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World Food Programme (WFP)

Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68
Parco dei Medici
00148 Rome

Phone: +39 / 06 / 6 51 31
Fax: +39 / 06 / 6 59 06 32

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