World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2020

World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2020

The United Nations’ World Food Programme won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger. And 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.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee  described the organization as “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”

The prize is worth 10 million Swedish crowns — about $1.1 million — and will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security. 

In 2019, WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries.

This is in recognition of the work of WFP staff who put their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world,” WFP said.

WFP Executive director David Beasley through his Twitter feed said, “This is an incredible recognition of the dedication of the WFP family, working to end hunger every day in 80+ countries.” 

Last year’s prize was won by Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister.