The World Food Program which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize says it is a recognition of the work done by its staff in bringing food to close to 100 million people amidst disasters and war.
“The Nobel Peace Prize is not WFP’s alone.,” the global agency said. “We work closely with government, organizations and private sector partners whose passion for helping the hungry and vulnerable equals ours. We could not possibly help anyone without them.
“We are an operational agency and the daily work of our staff each day is driven by our core values of integrity, humanity and inclusion.”
The agency said two thirds of its work is done in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than peaceful areas.
WFP focuses on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.
In Sri Lanka, WFP said it had worked with the government and other partners to save lives and livelihoods and make profound changes to ensure people have better access to food and nutrition.
“For more than half a century, WFP staff have dedicated themselves to helping communities in Sri Lanka, from assisting during the tsunami and post conflict period, to providing nourishing school meals to children,” Brenda Barton, WFP Country Director in Sri Lanka said in a statement
“We are profoundly honoured that WFP has received this award, which is in recognition of WFP staff worldwide including those in Sri Lanka, who work tirelessly to develop a better future for vulnerable communities everywhere”.
The agency said the COVID-19 crisis has added to global food insecurity with an increasing number of people going hungry.