Australia works with World Food Programme 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 World Food Programme 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 2017-18, Australia provided $38 million in core funding to WFP, $2 million to support school feeding programs and a further $68.5 million in response to individual crises and operations. This helped:
- WFP to feed approximately 91.4 million people in over 80 countries, including in the Indo-Pacific region, during humanitarian emergencies
- 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 WFP school feeding programs
- Enhance disaster preparedness and response capacities in highly vulnerable countries, including across the Pacific.