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FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER EARNS WFP NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2020

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Pro­gramme on Fri­day for feed­ing mil­lions of peo­ple from Ye­men to North Korea, with the coro­n­avirus pan­demic push­ing mil­lions more into hunger.

The WFP was “a driv­ing force in ef­forts to pre­vent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and con­flict”, Nobel com­mit­tee Chair­woman Berit Reis­sAn­der­sen said on un­veil­ing the win­ner in Oslo.

“This is a pow­er­ful re­minder to the world that peace and #Zero­hunger go hand-in-hand,” the Rome-based or­gan­i­sa­tion said on Twit­ter.

Founded in 1961, the UN body helped 97 mil­lion peo­ple last year, dis­tribut­ing 15 bil­lion ra­tions to peo­ple in 88 coun­tries.

Whether de­liv­er­ing food by he­li­copter or on the back of an ele­phant or a camel, the WFP prides it­self on be­ing “the lead­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion” in a world where, by its own es­ti­mates, some 690 mil­lion peo­ple --one in 11-- go to bed on an empty stom­ach.

“With this year’s award, the Nor­we­gian Nobel Com­mit­tee wishes to turn the eyes of the world to­wards the mil­lions of peo­ple who suf­fer from or face the threat of hunger,” Reiss-an­der­sen said. “We will never achieve the goal

of zero hunger un­less we also put an end to war and armed con­flict.” WFP ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Beasley said the agency was “deeply hum­bled” by win­ning the prize, adding it had ren­dered him “speech­less”.

The award con­sists of a gold medal, a diploma and a cheque for 10 mil­lion Swedish kro­nor (950,000 eu­ros, $1.1 mil­lion).

Founded in 1961, the UN body helped 97 mil­lion peo­ple last year, dis­tribut­ing 15 bil­lion ra­tions to peo­ple in 88 coun­tries

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