To help end hunger by 2030, we have committed to empowering women, by relying on the ecosystem of our founding partner Sodexo. Thanks to WFP and its home-grown school feeding program, we seek to make a lasting contribution to education – in particular for girls – and boost rural agriculture by supporting smallholder farmers, many of which are women.
Rewarded as the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency working towards zero hunger by 2030. Each year it supports about 100 million people in more than 80 countries.
While providing life-saving food assistance in emergencies is its priority, WFP also helps impoverished communities build stronger futures through development work and improves year-round access to locally produced nutritious foods.
WFP supports governments in the management of homegrown school meal programs and assists farmers in finding markets and selling their products, increasing reliability and guaranteeing their production and exchanges while securing payment systems.
Over the past 6 years, we have implemented one global partnership with 3 strategic and operational priorities:
- #1 Empower women and local communities
- #2 Produce and consume locally
- #3 Respond to emergencies.
To optimize and improve the reliability of its home-grown school feeding and its impact, the World Food Programme uses the expertise of Stop Hunger volunteers in food supply and logistics, hygiene, food security, nutrition and dependable decentralization for the quality of school meals.
- #1 - Empower women and local communities. Educating, training, financing and supporting women is a necessity to create a sustainable food system that can be turned over to governments. To support food security and help communities improve local agriculture, it is essential to spread far & wide knowledge, innovative practices and know-how with local communities through traditional and digital methods. While 68 experts have performed 459 days of solidarity field missions, we provide financial support to help strengthen the entire WFP school meals system.
- #2 - Produce and consume locally. The school feeding programs are part of a virtuous circle of social utility and sustainable development: the preparation of meals, using fresh local products, improves the health and lives of millions of children, increases the schooling of girls and stimulates local economies. Given the role rural women play in preparing these meals, as well as in agricultural productivity (they represent nearly 50% of the global agricultural workforce), Stop Hunger supports women with training in canteen management and in smallholder farmer eco-friendly farming techniques. To strengthen this program, which nourishes over 17 million of the world’s most in need children, in 60 countries, we have created the YEAH! Program.
- #3 - Respond to emergencies. In emergency situations, the unique and secure food voucher created in 2016 through Sodexo Benefits and Rewards teams has the dual benefit of being distributed three times faster at a quarter of the cost while enabling access to diversified local food, rather than imported rations. This also makes it possible to create a reliable sustainable agricultural system by eliminating all paper transactions of financial flows between governments, humanitarian agencies, agricultural distributors and small producers.