The World Food Programme (WFP) has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
WFP is a United Nations organization dedicated to combating conflict by addressing food insecurity around the globe.
Announcing the win on Friday, October 9, 2020, the prize committee stressed the WFP’s efforts to “prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”
In recognition of the honour, the Rome-based organization will receive a 10-million krona, this is about $1.1 million—cash prize.
Reports say the WFP’s annual budget dwarfs this figure.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian group, which is known for its focus on food security.
It has already received about $6.4 billion in cash and goods, including more than $2.7 billion from the United States, in 2020.
Global food insecurity rates were already high at the beginning of this year 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic has however infected and affected more than 36 million people worldwide and even killed more than 1 million.
According to John Hopkins University, sharply exacerbating food insecurity, limited income and disrupting global supply chains, amongst others have wreck severe havoc on food and agriculture globally.