A man walks past a logo of the World Food Program at their headquarters after the WFP won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, in Rome, Italy October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

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The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in war-torn countries around the world. The United Nations agency specializes in reaching people starving in some of the world’s most dangerous places and setting foundations for peace.

That work was especially important this year, as the pandemic drove the numbers of desperately hungry people into the hundreds of millions, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, as she announced the prize in Oslo. “In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Program has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts. The combination of violent conflict and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in the number of people living on the brink of starvation.”

The program last year provided assistance to about 100 million people in 88 countries. European Council President Charles Michel said in a congratulatory message that the award shows a commitment to the belief that only a concerted effort could save humanity from worldwide problems. “This not only recognizes your tireless work for food security on our planet,” Michel said, “but also reminds the key importance of multilateralism that delivers results.”

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Factbox: What is the World Food Programme, and what does it do? – Reuters – 10/9/2020
The United Nations’ World Food Program, which won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger and promote peace, was founded in 1961 at the request of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.

WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones – The Associated Press – 10/9/2020
From Yemen to South Sudan, food insecurity is a growing scourge, made worse by a mixture of military conflict, environmental disaster and the economic fallout of the pandemic. Last year alone, the Rome-based organization provided aid to almost 100 million people in 88 countries. Here’s a look at some of those places.

World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize for fight against ‘hunger as a weapon of war’ – CNN – 10/9/2020
In awarding the prize, committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen noted the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global food supplies and criticized the politics of populism.

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for combating hunger – The Christian Science Monitor – 10/9/2020
The Rome-based United Nations agency has long specialized in getting assistance to some of the world’s most dangerous and precarious places.

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