Against Hunger

"Fight Hunger - worldwide" Enlarge image Due to the loss of their livelihoods, refugees and IDPs are particularly affected by famine - most notably small children (© Miguel Thomas/WFP) "Fight Hunger - worldwide" is the motto of the World Food Programme (WFP). The WEP is part of the United Nations and is the largest humanitarian organization in the world. The work of the WFP is entirely financed by voluntary contributions from governments, businesses and individuals. Worldwide the WFP supports more than 80 million people in 82 countries with food assistance in the fight against global hunger.

The Foreign Office - responsible for the humanitarian aid in the German Federal Government - supports organizations such as the WFP with relief projects. The ultimate aim is to alleviate the suffering of people affected by disasters, crises and wars - regardless of political, military or economic interests. For 2016, 1.1 billion Euros has been earmarked in the federal budget with which the German Foreign Office can finance humanitarian projects worldwide.

One of the projects of the WFP is the "Emergency Operation 200777" which is funded by the Foreign Office with a total of 7 million Euros (from 2016 till 2017). Within this project families in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, which are directly affected by the insecurity in northern Nigeria, are being provided with food relief. Over two million people have been driven from their homes in the operational area of the terrorist organization "Boko Haram". Of these, some 500,000 fled to neighboring countries Cameroon, Niger and Chad through which the already scarce natural resources of these countries are strained to an increasing degree. The result is tensions between refugees and the host communities. Due to the loss of their livelihoods, refugees and IDPs are particularly affected by famine - most notably children.

With the project, the WFP plans to provide at least 740,000 people with food in 2016. Various measures will be used such as the distribution of food packages, money-based support (e.g. via food vouchers), school feeding programs and food supplements for infants and young children. In the short term these aids have one main goal: to save lives and keep people from starvation. But long term, they also aim to stabilize the situation of those affected and to strengthen them so that their lives are improved sustainably. The Federal Republic of Germany supports this project in the next two years with a total of seven million Euros.