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World Food Programme: a humanitarian agency which offers food aid around the world

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Origin and usage

The initialism WFP stands for World Food Programme, a UN body whose focus is on hunger and food security. The WFP was founded in 1961 and has its headquarters in Rome.


Today is World Food Day, an annual event held on the anniversary of the founding of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. This year’s event, which marks the FAO’s 75th anniversary, has the theme ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.’ The UN’s World Food Programme is this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The award recognized the organization’s work in providing food assistance in areas of conflict. WFP is an entry in our crowdsourced Open Dictionary, submitted by a user in Iran in 2013. You can submit your own entries here.


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 to the World Food Programme (WFP) 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 in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

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