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Humanitarian policy and partnerships

World Food Programme (WFP)

2024-25 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]

$40.0 million

2023-24 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]

$40.0 million

*Australia’s development efforts are set out in Australia’s International Development Policy.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian organisation focused on hunger and food security. WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies to those most in need and works with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP also provides technical and development assistance supporting partner governments to build capacity for emergency preparedness and response, manage supply chains and logistics and strengthen resilience against climate change.

The WFP is Australia’s largest humanitarian partner. Our partnership is governed by a Strategic Partnership Framework which ensures that in addition to improving food security, our priorities of protection, gender equality and disability inclusion are addressed effectively in WFP operations.

In 2022-23 Australia provided $40 million in flexible core funding to WFP, to be allocated where humanitarian needs are greatest. In addition, Australia provided close to $85 million to specific crises, including in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

This funding has helped WFP:

  • provide food assistance to 160 million people, including 85.5 million women
  • 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.

More information: WFP Annual Reports. 


Women and children listening to WFP representative

Mothers gather at a school in Laos 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.

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