World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

The World Food Programme has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The United Nations agency was honoured for its efforts to combat hunger, its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas, and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

The Rome-based organisation says it helps around 97 million people in about 88 countries each year and that one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the winner of the coveted honour during a ceremony on Friday in Oslo, Norway.

There were 318 candidates – 211 individuals and 107 organisations – nominated for the award.

These included teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the World Health Organisation and Saudi activist Loujain al Hathloul.

Along with enormous prestige, the prize comes with a 10 million krona (£848,000) cash award and a gold medal, which will be handed out at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital on 10 December – the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death.

This year’s ceremony will be scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic.