Nobel Committee: Food Is a Force for Peace

A woman winnows grain to separate sorghum seeds from soil after collecting seeds off the ground following an air-drop by the World Food Programme in a village in Nyal, south Sudan, Feb, 23, 2015.  Image: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty
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A woman winnows grain to separate sorghum seeds from soil after collecting seeds off the ground following an air-drop by the World Food Programme in a village in Nyal, south Sudan, Feb, 23, 2015. Image: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty

The UN World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for “its efforts to combat hunger … and prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced.

  • Last year, 135 million suffered from acute hunger.

  • This year, COVID-19 is causing hunger to surge even higher. WFP estimates that 265 million people will be starving within a year


The Nobel Committee praised the agency for intensifying its efforts in response, Reuters reports

“Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, Nobel committee chair as she called on the international community not to underfund WFP at this critical moment.

In reaction, the WFP tweeted: “This is in recognition of the work of WFP staff who put their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world.”

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