Congratulations to the World Food Programme for the Nobel Peace Prize!
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the World Food Programme (WFP) the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and its contribution to improving conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas. The award shines a spotlight on global hunger, which due to climate change, conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic could sharply rise in the absence of urgent action. David Beasley, WFP’s executive director, lauds frontline staff and partners for their tireless work feeding vulnerable people, especially in conflict zones.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- The Government of Kenya put forth new nutrition measures including a framework for breastfeeding-friendly work environments and the Kenya Nutrition Action Plan (KNAP). The KNAP is a cross-sectoral strategy to tackle malnutrition throughout all stages of life and aims to address the root causes of malnutrition by engaging community health services, food production, education, social protection, and safe water supply.
- The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN) published its new report, Future Food Systems: For people, our planet and prosperity. In line with the best available scientific evidence, the report details four policy objectives to transform food systems: (1) sustainably producing the right mix of healthy foods in sufficient quantities; (2) ensuring those foods are readily accessible and at low cost; (3) making healthy and sustainable diets affordable to everyone; and (4) empowering consumers to make informed food choices.
- The 2020 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report shows that despite gradual progress since 2000, too many people still suffer from food insecurity, and 11 countries face alarming levels of hunger. Health, economic, and environmental crises have exacerbated hunger and malnutrition. This year’s report links health and sustainable food systems, and recommends an integrated approach to health, food security, and nutrition in order ensure the right to adequate and nutritious food for all.