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Humanitarian policy and partnerships

World Food Programme (WFP)

Australia works with World Food Programme (WFP) to help people who are at risk of starvation or in dire need of food assistance. Our partnership also helps prevent hunger and builds resilience in communities in or at risk of humanitarian need through programs that use food to promote economic growth. Australia's work with WFP is governed by a Strategic Partnership Framework which ensures that in addition to improving food security, our priorities of protection, gender equality and women's empowerment and disability inclusion are effectively addressed.

In 2018-19, Australia provided $38 million in core funding to WFP, $2 million to support school feeding programs and a further $58.1 million in response to specific crises and operations. This helped:

  • WFP to provide food assistance to 86.7 million people in around 83 countries, including across the Indo-Pacific
  • Provide ongoing support for the re-establishment of livelihoods and food security in communities after emergencies
  • Expand innovative food assistance initiatives that engage the private sector
  • Contribute to improved nutrition and increased access to education for children through school feeding programs
  • Enhance disaster preparedness and response capacities in highly vulnerable countries, including across the Pacific.

Women and children listening to WFP representative
Mothers gather at a school in Lao to discuss how WFP nutrition programs are supporting their young children. Credit: WFP/Rein Skullerud.

People filling sacks and boxes with food
Flood victims in Myanmar received Australian-funded WFP emergency food assistance. Credit: WFP/Mya Thin Wai.

Last Updated: 23 September 2019
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