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Other UN agencies


The CFS is a forum within the UN system for countries to review and follow-up on policies concerning world food security. The 124 members usually meet at the Food and Agriculture Organization's headquarters in Rome once a year.

WFP often collaborates with other UN Agencies relying on its sister organisations for technical advice and non-food resources in both crises and development situations.

When natural or man-made disasters strike, food aid is not the only emergency. With water, hygiene and emergency shelter also in urgent need, WFP inevitably finds itself working on the ground side by side with other specialist UN agencies.

To make co-ordination easier, WFP always forms part of the United Nations Disaster Management Team (UN-DMT), set-up in the wake of earthquakes, floods, conflict etc and designed to co-ordinate emergency action among UN agencies.

Likewise, food aid cannot be used alone in development projects. Non-food resources are also necessary. WFP draws up its projects with another UN agencies, often through the UN Development Assistance Framework, so that their work complements one another.


For example, WFP will seek technical assistance from ILO, WHO or UNESCO. The World Bank will fund projects. 

  • ILO: the International Labour Organisation provides technical assistance to WFP in Food for Work projects
  • The World Bank: WFP co-operates with the World Bank's Cooperative Development Framework initiative. WFP also supports the World Bank's donor consortia and the round tables it calls to help Least Developed countries in resource mobilisation 
  • UNDP: WFP collaborates with the United Nations Development Programme to identify possible areas for development assistance. UNDP also provides funding for technical assistance 
  • UNESCO: WFP and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation provide each other with technical assistance in appraisal missions and in initiatives such as school feeding 
  • UNHCR: WFP works closely with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. WFP also feeds most of the world's refugee and internally displaced persons 
  • UNICEF: WFP's interventions frequently complement those of the United Nations International Childrens' Fund, which may relate to health care, nutrition, education, water supply and sanitation
  • WHO: WFP works with the World Health Organisation in a variety of collaborative projects. WHO also offers technical assistance in areas such as nutrition and provides guidelines for Mother and Child Health (MCH)