World Food Programme (WFP)

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.

Women and children listening to WFP representative
Mothers gather at a school in Lao 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.
Last Updated: 16 August 2018
Women holding an Australian Aid box of supplies
The WFP delivered supplies to 150,000 people in Bangladesh who were affected by floods in 2015. Credit: WFP/Kamrul Mithon.
Students having their bowls filled with food
Students having lunch at a school in Bhutan as part of a WFP school feeding program. Credit: WFP/Robin Landis.