The World Food Programme was created in 1961, as an experiment to provide food aid through the UN system. In 1965, WFP became a fully-fledged UN programme, to last for “as long as multilateral food aid is found feasible and desirable”.
Today, WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP assists 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
Working in conjunction with other United Nations agencies, the World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Government of Burundi in providing life-saving support to the country’s poorest people, addressing the root causes of undernutrition and improving the country’s resilience with practical interventions and policy change. WFP’s activities include providing immediate and longer-term assistance to those in crisis, supporting schoolchildren and smallholder farmers and promoting gender equality.