Tackling Hunger in a World Full of Food: Tasks Ahead for Food Aid (WFP)
6. Tasks ahead
Saving life, rebuilding livelihoods
Attacking hunger from birth
Aiding people to gain access to food
A sharper focus for the future
6.1 Food aid is a keystone of the international community's
attempts to uphold fundamental human rights relating to life and food security.
Any genuinely human-focused development cannot ignore the problem of hunger.
Hungry people are not well-served by, and cannot effectively compete in, markets
even if they are functioning well. Their capacity to participate in economic
growth and development is still further constrained when limited resource
endowments are compounded by market weaknesses. Food aid can compensate for
inadequacies in both endowments and markets by giving people the chance to
sustain themselves and enhance their capabilities to participate in the
6.2 The guiding principle of food aid must be to reach
people who need it most, primarily in food-deficit countries, at times when they
need it most, and in ways that achieve lasting impact as well as short term
help. Thus, the first claim on scarce food aid resources has to be targeted
actions that address one or other of the major dimensions of current hunger.
There are therefore three main ways in which food aid, as an increasingly
valuable and scarce resource, will need to be refined and strengthened in coming