Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Awarded To World Food Programme

9 oct 2020

Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Awarded To World Food Programme

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020, announced on Friday, was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict areas, the Nobel committee said.

The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee. "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-Anderson said.

Founded in 1961, the food assistance branch of the UN helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries last year. According to its website, WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid, and special operations.