The World Food Program, a United Nations agency fighting hunger and food insecurity around the world, has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
WFP, which feeds more than 90 million people a year, received the coveted award “for its efforts to fight hunger, for its contribution to improving the conditions of peace in conflict-affected areas and for playing a leading role in efforts to use hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, ”Nobel Committee Chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen said on Friday.
“The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a sharp increase in the number of hungry people around the world,” she said.
“In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Program has demonstrated an impressive capacity to intensify its efforts”.
Reiss-Andersen cited WFP’s work during the Coronavirus pandemic, that caused millions around the world for to be hungry. “As the organization itself has said: Until the day we have a vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos,” Reiss-Andersen said.
WFP, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations, will receive a cash prize of $ 1.1 million. “It is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand in hand,” WFP said in a Friday morning statement thanking the committee for the award.
One of the most famous in the world – and sometimes controversial – awards, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded more than 100 times, dating back to 1901. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won last year for helping to “establish peace and international cooperation” with its neighbor Eritrea. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, winner in 2016, said that this distinction had helped him realize the “impossible dream” of ending the decades-long civil war in his country.