World Food Programme

The mission of World Food Programme (WFP) is to end global hunger. Every day, worldwide, WFP works to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. Thereby, WFP contributes directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”

WFP's global Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 provides the framework for WFP's operations and its role in achieving a world with zero hunger. It continues WFP's focus on food assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable women, men, boys and girls. WFP supports national, local and regional food security and nutrition plans. It partners with other United Nations agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector to enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food needs.

WFP Swaziland Operation

The goal of WFP in Swaziland is to strengthen food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable people, who face challenges of income inequality, food insecurity, high rates of stunting, and HIV / AIDS. The new WFP Country Strategy (2016-2020) continues to drive a shift in WFP assistance from an operational partner directly implementing food and nutrition assistance programmes to a strengthened advocacy and advisory role, to assist Swaziland to achieve full national ownership of food and nutrition security initiatives.

WFP assists the Government in providing nutrition assessment, counselling, and support to people living with HIV/AIDS, TB, and pregnant and nursing women, while also supporting their families. People infected with HIV and TB have a high risk of becoming malnourished, in part due to an increased need for energy and nutrients. WFP works together with the Ministry of Health to heighten the client's nutritional recovery, and improve treatment outcomes through better adherence. Clients receive a monthly food ration of nutrient-fortified corn soya blend cereal and a household food ration designed to improve their food security.

A major social consequence of HIV in Swaziland is that 45 percent of children are orphaned or vulnerable and require strong social safety nets. WFP and partners support the Government to build sustainable solutions to enable children's access to social protection services.

As the multilateral convener of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, WFP acts as a leading partner in developing capacity of government to address childhood under-nutrition, focusing on stunting. WFP supports the development of the National Nutrition Policy and a national Stunting Action Plan that will lay out concrete actions to strengthen the multi-sectoral approach for mother and child nutrition.

WFP's approach introduces initiatives to strengthen market access and productivity of smallholder farmers with an aim to increase their resilience in the face of chronic effects of climate change and shocks. To further enhance national ownership for disaster preparedness and response, WFP assists to strengthen early warning systems, and use information to bolster preparedness and response initiatives. WFP has been present in Swaziland since the 1960s, closing in 1997 and re-opening in 2002 to alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS, drought, and poverty. In the next five years, WFP will work with Government to ensure sustainability of gains made in food and nutrition security systems.