WFP's mission


The World Food Programme or "WFP" ( created in 1961 and operational in 1963) is the food assistance programme of the United Nations. Its mission is to meet emergency needs of victims of natural and man-made disasters, displaced people, and more generally the world's hungry poor. The agency also provides the logistics support necessary to deliver food aid to the right people at the right time and at the right place.

Since it was founded, WFP has fed more than 1,4 billion people, and invested more than US$ 3 billion in emergency relief and rehabilitation. On average, WFP aim to reach more than 80 million people with food assistance in more than 80 countries.


WFP entirely relies on voluntary contributions, made either as cash, food or basic items necessary to grow, store and cook food. Governments are the principal source of funds, but businesses and the private sector increasingly provide their own contributions. WFP Projected Income for 2016 is US$ 4,9 billion.


The WFP is a mostly decentralised agency. About 15.400 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.


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Since 1996, WFP is governed by the Executive Board, comprising 36 State Members of the UN and FAO: half are elected by the Economic and Social Council of the UN, the other half, by the FAO Council. The Executive Board meetings are providing a forum for intergovernmental consultations on national food aid programmes and policies, reviewing general trends in food aid requirements and availability, and formulating proposals for effective coordination of multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental food aid programmes, particularly emergency food assistance.

The Executive Director, appointed jointly by the UN Secretary General and the Director General of FAO for 5 year terms, is presently Mrs Ertharin Cousin (USA, appointed in April 2012). Click here for Ms Cousin’s biography pdf - 143 KB [143 KB]

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