By KARL RITTER and FRANK JORDANS | The Associated Press
ROME — The United Nations’ World Food Program on Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity in regions of conflict and hardship around the globe.
The Rome-based organization provided assistance to almost 100 million people in 88 countries around the world last year.
“With this year’s award, the (committee) wishes to turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announcing the award in Oslo. “The World Food Program plays a key role in multilateral cooperation on making food security an instrument of peace.”
The organization, known as WFP, has long been headed by an American, and in 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump nominated the former Republican governor of South Carolina,
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