The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
In the Philippines, WFP is working closely with the government to achieve zero hunger through our programmes on school meals, nutrition support, and livelihood assistance in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao and disaster preparedness and response in highly disaster-prone communities.
School meals. Children displaced by conflict may go to school hungry or not go at all. Through our school meals, we are providing school children with hot and nutritious meals which motivates them to study and stay in school.
Nutrition support. The first 1,000 days of a child's life, from pregnancy until 2 years of age, is critical for physical and mental development. WFP is supporting children aged 6-23 months and pregnant and nursing mothers by providing them with specialized food which supplements their nutritional needs.
Livelihood support. Conflict not only displaces people but also physically destroys communities. Conflict-affected areas in Mindanao are being rebuilt through asset creation, where men and women are given food or cash in exchange for participating in community work or livelihood training.
Disaster preparedness and response. The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Areas with high risk to natural disasters and climate change are being assisted by WFP through innovative disaster risk reduction projects. We are also helping enhance the national government's response capacity by establishing a network of modernized disaster response hubs in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.