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World Food Program

Introduction to World Food Program

World Food Program (WFP), unit of the United Nations, created in 1961 by the General Assembly as a three-year experimental project of the UN and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN. In 1965 the assembly voted to extend the program “for as long as multilateral food aid is found feasible and desirable.”

The purpose of the WFP is to expedite relief work in emergency or natural-disaster areas. In cooperation with the FAO and other UN agencies, the WFP distributes food supplies after disasters and provides cash for emergencies and for wages of workers on rescue or rehabilitation projects.

The resources of the program are provided through voluntary governmental contributions of commodities or of services such as shipping and of cash, which must amount to one-third of the total contribution.” (1)


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