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151. United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

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The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The WFP provides food assistance to millions of people around the world in particularly dangerous and inaccessible situations, and this award recognizes its efforts to combat hunger and contribute to bettering conditions for peace conditions in conflict areas. 

The impact of climate change and the economic crisis have made people's plight even worse in recent years.In addition, the COVID-19 crisis is now pushing millions to hundreds of millions of people to the brink of hunger in just one year.

Agricultural research that supports the dietary habits of people in climate- and socio-economically vulnerable areas is also essential to avoid situations that require emergency assistance. JIRCAS is working with research institutes in many developing countries including those that are constantly receiving food aid assistance, and conducting social surveys that will lead to technological development to stabilize food production and proposals for measures to improve nutrition over the medium to long term (Pick Up 10).

References

United Nations. UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, as hunger mounts. October 9, 2020. https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1075012

Pick Up 10. New Coronavirus Pandemic ― Humanitarian and Food Crisis in the Central Sahel: The Case of Burkina Faso

Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki (Research Strategy Office)