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A woman displaced from fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants holds a food stamp and carries a box of food aid given by the UN World Food Programme at a refugee camp in Ain Issa, Syria October 10, 2017

UN food agency WFP wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

Organization distinguished for its efforts in fighting hunger in war-torn areas, a problem only exacerbated by coronavirus pandemic and subsequent financial crisis

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Published: 10.09.20 , 12:50
The United Nations food agency, the World Food Programme (WFP), won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in areas affected by conflict.
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  • The Rome-based organization says it helps some 97 million people in about 88 countries each year, and that one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat.
    Woman displaced from fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants holds a food stamp and carries a box of food aid given by the UN World Food Programme at a refugee camp in Ain Issa, Syria October 10, 2017Woman displaced from fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants holds a food stamp and carries a box of food aid given by the UN World Food Programme at a refugee camp in Ain Issa, Syria October 10, 2017
    A woman displaced from fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State militants holds a food stamp and carries a box of food aid given by the UN World Food Programme at a refugee camp in Ain Issa, Syria October 10, 2017
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more conspicuous than ever," Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told a news conference.
    The WFP is a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, with the COVID-19 outbreak further boosting its relevance, she said.
    "The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world," the Nobel committee said in its citation.
    "Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos..."
    Workers carry the aid provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution in Pissila, Burkina Faso January 24, 2020Workers carry the aid provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution in Pissila, Burkina Faso January 24, 2020
    Workers carry the aid provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution in Pissila, Burkina Faso January 24, 2020
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "There is an estimate within the World Food Programme that... there will be 265 million starving people within a year, so of course, this is also a call to the international community not to underfund the World Food Programme."
    The World Food Programme said this was "a proud moment... nothing short of a feat".
    The prize is worth 10 million Swedish crowns, or around $1.1 million, and will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10.
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