WFP brings its nutrition expertise to support the most vulnerable before, during and after humanitarian crises. We prioritize prevention of malnutrition as it reduces the human suffering and is the most effective path to long-lasting results.
To get to Zero Hunger, food is not enough. Providing food assistance in an emergency can save lives, but the right nutrition at the right time can also help change lives and break the cycle of poverty.
This is why, as the leading organization providing food assistance to the world’s most vulnerable, the World Food Programme (WFP) prioritizes nutrition as a core element of its work.
Despite significant progress over recent decades, poor nutrition remains a colossal and universal problem, with one in three people on the planet affected by some form of malnutrition. Undernutrition – inadequate energy or nutrients – continues to affect more than 150 million children worldwide, while rates of overweight and obesity are also rising in all countries. Conflict and natural disasters are exacerbating the problem.
Malnutrition at its extremes can be a matter of life and death, and in the long term can hold back people and countries, undermining economies and development.