WFP and women
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Last year, WFP reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance. WFP focuses on women and girls throughout its work since they represent two-thirds of the world's chronically hungry. Women often have unequal access to resources, education and income and are less likely to have the opportunity to participate in decision-making. But women are also the most effective solution to combating and preventing hunger. Food is more likely to reach the mouths of needy children when mothers manage the household food stock. WFP works to empower girls and women through school feeding projects as well as food-for-work and food-for-training initiatives that provide food rations to people in exchange for work that profits their communities or for learning new skills such as nutritional education or small business management.