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Geneva Green Guide

World Food Programme

WFP
Geneva Office
World Food Programme
International Environment House
11-13 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 85 68
Fax: 
(+41 22) 917 80 18
Contact: 

Heidi Findlay, Email: heidi.findlay@wfp.org

Description

WFP is the UN’s front-line agency in the fight against global hunger. It is the world’s largest international food aid organization. Every year, WFP feeds some 90 million people in more than 80 countries, irrespective of race, religion or political sympathies, distributing between 4 and 5 million metric tons of food. All contributions to WFP are voluntary and come for the most part from donor countries.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1963
Staff: 
10520 in 82 countries
Chief/Director: 
Geneva Office Director: Gordana Jerger
Activities: 

WFP works principally to save people from dying of hunger and malnutrition. WFP is also a big investor in environmental protection. It invests in forest and pasture land renewal, soil conservation and sustainable agricultural production. WFP has planted more than 5 billion trees in 56 countries around the world. WFP also takes steps to counter degradation to the environment caused by displacements of refugees and internal populations. The Food-for-Work programmes consist in paying a salary in the form of food for employment in an array of land management projects: planting trees, developing pasture land, repairing coastal embankments, etc. In addition, WFP recycles the packaging from its food aid whenever possible, avoids using potentially hazardous chemicals (particularly ozone-damaging substances), substitutes soya-fortified foods for beans in its food baskets to reduce the need for cooking, and promotes cooking technologies based on the minimal use of vegetation as fuel and on community kitchens as another fuel-conservation method.

Cooperation: 

with other UN agencies, governments and NGOs.

Publications: 

Hunger Map; Annual Reports; Annual Report on School Feeding; WFP’s 40 years of fighting hunger; WFP in Statistics. See the website

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Keywords: 
desertification
agriculture & fisheries
disasters
war & conflict
refugees & IDPs
reconstruction
land & landuse
capacity building
poverty
gender
deforestation