World Food Programme
President: Melissa Murillo Yáñez
Topic A) Measures to reduce and prevent malnourishment due to food scarcity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with emphasis in childhood and pregnancy.
Topic B) Strategies to counteract the impact of climate change in food production within Southern Africa.
Background and powers of the committee
The World Food Programme (WFP) is a humanitarian organization established in 1961 that was originally conceived as an experimental project, nonetheless after crises due to emerging natural disasters, the WFP proves to be worthwhile and necessary. Nowadays, it works in over 120 countries, and consists of 36 Member States that provide intergovernmental support with the intent to fight hunger. With 21,000 staff globally, the Programme’s goals are to provide food assistance in emergencies (hurricanes, floods, crop failures, drought and natural disasters), help communities to counteract the consequences of the climate crisis, support smallholders, and improve nutrition. Additionally, the WFP works closely with other United Nations agencies, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization with the purpose of finding innovative solutions through partnership
The WFP has committed to achieve food security and end hunger. Therefore, the Programme aims to deliver emergency assistance, special operations and development aid, which are completely funded through voluntary donations. The World Food Programme is entitled to:
Distribute emergency food assistance to people trapped or displaced to remote areas. As well as supply adequate infrastructure for the food to be transported, produced and stored;
Provide a range of resources and structures that allow member states to efficiently manage emergencies (hurricanes, floods, crop failures, drought and natural disasters) such as a skilled emergency workforce, geographic information systems and an always available hotline;
Facilitate urgent communication to improve early action by providing connectivity services, such as technological equipment and staff from the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster;
Enable access to early warnings about natural disasters and alarming weather events.