The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize highlights an agency working at the intersection of war and hunger.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP), a Rome-based United Nations agency.
In the public mind, the WFP is often associated with famine relief. But its mandate is actually much broader.
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It works extensively in war zones and with refugees around the world.
In highlighting the agency’s work, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited it as a “driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”.
But can the recognition that comes with the Nobel also draw attention to the use of food as a weapon in conflict zones and international efforts to prevent it?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Matthew Hollingworth – South Sudan country director, World Food Programme
Emma Leslie – director at Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Ole Solvang – director of Partnerships and Policy, Norwegian Refugee Council