World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize as hunger surges

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation. The Rome-based United Nations agency has long specialized in getting assistance to some of the world’s most dangerous and precarious places. It was the ninth award for the U.N. or one of its agencies. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it “unconscionable” so many people go to bed hungry. The head of WFP said the award was a credit to all those in the agency and their partners “who put their lives on the line every day.”