ROME, Oct 9 - The United Nations� World Food Programme won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to fight hunger in regions of conflict and hardship around the globe. From air-dropping food in South Sudan to creating an emergency delivery service to keep aid flowing despite coronavirus travel restrictions, the Rome-based organisation has long specialised in getting assistance to some of the world�s most dangerous and precarious places.
It provided assistance to almost 100 million people in 88 countries last year. With this year�s award, the (committee) wishes to turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announcing the award in Oslo.
The World Food Programme plays a key role in multilateral cooperation on making food security an instrument of peace. The head of the organisation said his entire team deserved the award. � PTI