The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance in 88 countries to almost 100 million people who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger
In 2015, eradicating hunger was adopted as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The WFP is the UN’s primary instrument for realising this goal. In recent years, the situation has taken a negative turn. In 2019, 135 million people suffered from acute hunger, the highest number in many years. Most of the increase was caused by war and armed conflict.
The prize is a major recognition of the body’s work and will come with a purse of 10m kronor (€920,000), along with the famed gold medal at a socially distant ceremony in Oslo on December 10th.
The Spanish-American chef has been announced as this year's winner for his global humanitarian relief efforts with World Central Kitchen. See the list of ten other special mention chefs also using gastronomy for positive change.