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David Soler Crespo, researcher junior at the Navarra Center for International Development (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra)

A award so that no one goes hungry

Sun, 11 Oct 2020 16:35:00 +0000 Published in Navarra Newspaper

Mallam Baba Laminou will be happy today. Five years ago, Boko Haram jihadists killed his son in an ambush and he had to leave his home in Nigeria because of insecurity. From there he went to the Diffa region of Niger, where more than 360,000 people like him were fleeing the violence. With nothing, there they received the financial aid and attendance from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). This story could not be real without this organization, but neither would you know it, reader, without the article written by journalist Lola Hierro of El País Planeta Futuro.

WFP's strength lies in reaching the most remote corners of the planet and ensuring that basic foodstuffs reach them. For actions like this one in Niger, the Norwegian committee has awarded the award Nobel Peace Prize to the UN agency, highlighting its work to ensure peace through its fight against hunger. Without the WFP, people like Laminou who were fleeing the war would have found it much more difficult to survive.

The organization is deployed in more than 88 countries where it assists some 100 million people and its main mission statement is to end world hunger, the second of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals development . To achieve this, it not only provides attendance food where it is urgently needed, but also looks further afield and carries out projects to mitigate the effects of climate change to ensure food security in the future.

The award award comes in a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic and the disastrous consequences for the fight to eradicate hunger. issue The WFP predicts that the number of people at status in famine will double between now and the end of the year due to Covid-19, from 135 million to 265 million people. To give you an idea, that is six times more than all Spaniards and 400 times the population of the Community of Navarra.

The Nobel Prize's committee has emphasized this fact in awarding the award this year to WFP. The organization is now in a difficult status , with greater need for funds to act and an economic crisis that affects the financial capacity of its donors. In 2019, they received $8 billion from the international community, with the United States as a leading donor,which contributed $3.36 billion. The award is a reminder of how essential their work is and a notice not to lower the collection and commitment to eradicate hunger in times of coronavirus. Because as WFP's executivedirector , David Beasley, says , "until there is no vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos".