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Canada and the World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food assistance arm of the United Nations (UN). It addresses global hunger and urgent food needs by providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations around the world. Its reach is extensive – more than 80 million people in 75 countries each year.

WFP also leads logistics operations whenever a humanitarian emergency requires a joint response from UN agencies and the humanitarian community. In addition, WFP provides passenger air transport to the entire humanitarian community through the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), which goes to more than 250 locations worldwide.

Canada’s support

WFP is Canada’s largest humanitarian assistance partner. WFP helps Canada provide humanitarian assistance that saves lives, alleviates suffering and maintains the dignity of vulnerable people affected by conflicts and natural disasters.

Canada is one of WFP’s top five donors. Canada’s support to WFP helps contribute to emergency food assistance and logistics support, as well as safety net and school meals programs. WFP’s mandate to provide food assistance ties directly to Canada’s commitment to help the poorest and most vulnerable, including through humanitarian action.

In 2016, Canada provided more than $299M to WFP for its operations, including $158M in response to the UN humanitarian appeals. Part of this funding also goes to the Immediate Response Account, which is WFP’s life-saving funding facility. This funding facility allows WFP to rapidly respond to emergencies.

WFP is governed by an Executive Board, with representatives from 36 countries, including Canada. The Executive Board provides intergovernmental support to guide its policies and programs. As a key member of the Executive Board, Canada has worked to enhance the organization’s commitment to:

Upcoming events

Canada participates in WFP Executive Board sessions three times a year in Rome (February, June and November). WFP representatives regularly visit Canada. Canadian representatives also meet with WFP staff in the field while responding to emergencies.


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