WFP dedicate Nobel  Prize to partners fighting hunger in Malawi 

The United Nations in Malawi has congratulated the World Food Programme (WFP) for winning  the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded last Fridayby the Norwegian  Nobel Committee for its efforts to combat hunger, fight the use of hunger as a weapon of war  and improve conditions for peace across the world.

Torres: Zero hunger, a pathway to peace 

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times , UN Malawi further commended the existing partnerships with national  authorities, the private sector and communities to effectively respond to food insecurity in  the country since 1965.

In 2018, WFP and other UN entities  promoted the passing of a groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 2417 that, for  the first time, highlighted the link between conflict and food insecurity, indicating the world  cannot end hunger if there is no peace.

UN Malawi resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres said the award is  a recognition of the hard  work and dedication to support  those who suffer most to realize the right to food in peace  and at war.

She said: “We dedicate the award to men  and women in the forefront of efforts to ensure that zero hunger becomes a reality in  Malawi.”

In Malawi, WFP provides assistance to people affected by climate shocks such as floods or  drought. Moreover, the country hosts over 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers who receive  WFP cash assistance to buy food in the local markets which contributes to their peaceful  coexistence with the host communities.

WFP also works with other UN agencies as part of “One UN” to keep girls in school, to build resilience and to fight climate change in an integrated approach for smallholder farmers through cash for assets, climate advisories, crop insurance, village savings and loan schemes,  as well as market access support – altogether providing graduation pathways out of food  insecurity and poverty. WFP is currently working with the Government of Malawi to scale  up this resilience-building approach.

Despite gains in defeating hunger over recent decades, food insecurity is on the rise in many  countries. It is estimated there are some 690 million hungry people in the world. Globally in  2019, WFP provided food assistance to nearly 100 million people in more than 80 countries. In Malawi, more efforts are still required to end hunger as about 37 percent of under-five  children are stunted, and smallholder farmers are impacted by recurrent climate shocks.

“When children receive regular meals in school to supplement their drive for education,  when women and men receive food as they work on community asset projects to fight  climate change, we help to build more resilient and stable communities,” said WFP Malawi  Country Director Benoit Thiry. “Food assistance saves lives and it is a vital tool for promoting  longer term development and stability.”

WFP is the world’s first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity and has been actively  providing live-saving food assistance to the people of Malawi within the United Nations  Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2019-2023.

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