To meet the United Nations sustainable development goals*, we want to increase education – especially of girls – through the World Food Programme’s (WFP) free school feeding program, and strengthen the dynamism of the rural agriculture, primarily targeting women empowerment.
WFP is the leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year it supports about 87 million people in more than 80 countries.
While providing life-saving food assistance in emergencies is its priority, WFP also helps impoverished communities build stronger futures through development work and improves year-round access to locally produced nutritious foods.
WFP supports governments in the management of homegrown school meal programs and assists farmers in finding markets and selling their products, increasing reliability and guaranteeing their production and exchanges while securing payment systems.
Our roadmap with WFP works in three sectors:
- #1 The sustainable school feeding program
- #2 Women empowerment
- #3 Emergency assistance
To optimize and improve the reliability of its systems and its impact, the World Food Programme uses the expertise of Stop Hunger volunteers in food supply and logistics, hygiene, food security, nutrition and dependable decentralization for the quality of school meals.
- #1- The school feeding program is part of a virtuous circle of social utility and sustainable development: the preparation of meals, using fresh local products, improves the health and lives of millions of children, increases the schooling of girls and stimulates local economies. The socio-economic benefits also include employment and empowerment of women, who prepare school meals, like in Jordan where 60% of the Healthy Kitchen program staff are female. To strengthen this program, which nourishes over 16 million of the world’s most in need children, in 60 countries, we have created the YEAH! Program.
- #2 - Educating, training, financing and supporting women is a necessity to create a sustainable food system that can be turned over to governments. Whether supporting the selling of parboiled rice produced locally by 500 women in Guinée Forestière, training more than 3,500 assistant cooks in Northeast India to ensure the safety of school meals or organizing the purchase of a pilot kitchen in Tunisia, which includes the Rural Women’s Community Organizations... the empowerment of women is our priority.
- #3 - In emergency situations, the unique and secure food voucher created in 2016 through Sodexo Benefits and Rewards teams has the dual benefit of being distributed three times faster at a quarter of the cost while enabling access to diversified local food, rather than imported rations. This also makes it possible to create a reliable sustainable agricultural system by eliminating all paper transactions of financial flows between governments, humanitarian agencies, agricultural distributors and small producers