Established in 1963 as a branch of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, this United Nations agency provides food aid, and often other humanitarian assistance, to populations who are experiencing famine or severe food shortages as a result of natural or manmade disasters. Often the program facilitates other humanitarian assistance, such as emergency public health services to the same populations at the same time. Since 1996, the World Food Programme has been governed by an executive board of 36 member states, chaired by an executive director appointed by the UN Secretary General and the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization. See http://www.wfp.org/english/ for details.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.