World Food Programme (WFP)

www.wfp.org

Membership Tier: Steering Committee

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. As a humanitarian agency, WFP has a duty to make sure its assistance is as nutritious as possible and conducted with safety and dignity.

Recognizing that the delivery of food assistance should not be separated from the multiple challenges associated with properly cooking this food – whether it be safety, health, or environmental challenges – WFP committed to reach 6 million displaced persons through the Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy (SAFE) initiative in 2009. Through SAFE, WFP implements an innovative combination of interventions and activities aiming to address the multiple challenges WFP beneficiaries face in accessing cooking fuel for the most vulnerable in humanitarian, transition, and development settings. WFP adopts a multi-faceted holistic approach that focuses on reducing people’s exposure to protection, nutrition, and health threats, and to build their resilience and ability to achieve long-term food security.

By 2015, the WFP SAFE initiative had reached more than 6 million people in 18 countries, including Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Sudan, and Tanzania. The experience gathered since 2009 has resulted in the development of the WFP Handbook on Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy, which provides guidance and a collection of best practices for WFP staff to implement SAFE. WFP brings to the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group its vast experience working in remote, hard-to-reach places, as well as a strong field presence.

Find out more about WFP's SAFE initiative, and see interviews from a WFP SAFE centre in Darfur.

Why WFP Joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

WFP's engagement in safe access to cooking fuel for the most vulnerable food-insecure population is based on its mission to end global hunger, in line with WFP’s strategic objectives, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge and the Post-2015 Agenda.  

As the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, WFP strives to ensure our assistance is as nutritious as possible and conducted with safety and dignity. We cannot afford to separate the delivery of food from the next steps that vulnerable households must take to safely consume this food. WFP recognizes the serious challenges associated with properly cooking this food - including safety, health, or environmental challenges. Through WFP’s engagement with SAFE and WFP-owned SAFE programs, WFP implements an innovative combination of activities addressing these numerous challenges faced by people in humanitarian, transition, and development settings. The program focuses on protection, livelihoods, and the environment through a series of targeted activities.  

By 2015, WFP's SAFE had reached more than 6 million people worldwide. Between 2016 and 2020, WFP is aiming to scale up its SAFE programmes and also reach additional countries with cooking energy access concerns, in keeping with its goal of reaching 10 million people by 2020.

As a member of the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group, WFP will continue to contribute to global efforts in sharing knowledge and expertise, building capacity and raising awareness for SAFE on multiple levels. 

 

Kathryn Milliken | Kathryn.Milliken@wfp.org