10/09/2020, 13.27
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Nobel Peace Prize goes to the World Food Programme

The WFP was “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict” reads the motivation. With the COVID-19 pandemic, 132 million more people could go hungry by the end of 2020. WFP supports some 97 million hungry people in 88 countries.

Oslo (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The UN food agency, the World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger and improve the conditions for peace in conflict zones.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the WFP had acted "as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict".

The prize is worth 10 million Swedish krona (US$ 1.1 million) and will be awarded on 10 December.

The Rome-based WFP supports about 97 million hungry people in 88 countries each year.

“The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more conspicuous than ever,” said Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen.

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the problem of hunger in the world. According to an Oxfam study, by the end of the year, up to 12,000 people could die every day from hunger due, directly or indirectly, to the effects of the novel coronavirus.

The latest estimate indicates that 132 million more people might go hungry by the end of 2020, a figure three times greater than in previous years.

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