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WFP Supply Chain Annual Report - 2019 in Review (June 2020)

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WFP EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN 2019

WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, is the first responder in an emergency, providing food and other assistance to the victims of conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and pandemics. The Supply Chain Division, the backbone of WFP, makes this possible.

Over the past decade, WFP has responded to an increasing number of emergencies every year. In 2019, WFP responded to eight Level 3 (L3) and thirteen Level 2 (L2) emergencies. These are humanitarian crises of large scale and most severe impact, with L3 emergencies being the most severe crises requiring the mobilization of WFP’s global resources and, in some cases, the entire humanitarian system.

While WFP provides food assistance during emergencies, whenever feasible, it also provides cash assistance through cash-based transfers, thereby empowering beneficiaries with the flexibility to make their own decisions when it comes to buying food.