UN WFP, Alibaba Group form strategic partnership to eliminate hunger

Published on November 09, 2018
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have formed a strategic partnership to support efforts to eliminate hunger globally by 2030.
UN WFP, Alibaba Group form strategic partnership to eliminate hunger
  • The agreement was signed between WFP Executive Director David Beasley and Alibaba Partner and Chairman of Alibaba Foundation Sun Lijun at Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Details:

  • Under this agreement, Alibaba will lend its cutting-edge technology and resources to support digital transformation of WFP's operations.
  • In particular, Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba will work with WFP to develop a digital "World Hunger Map".
  • The map will help to monitor global hunger and operations to end scourge by 2030 which is one of UN's key Sustainable Development goals.
  • It also aims to boost efficiency of interventions and shorten emergency response times.

About World Food Programme (WFP):

  • The WEF is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.
  • It is the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.
  • It works to help people who cannot produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families.
  • It is a member of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and part of its Executive Committee.
  • It was established in 1961 after 1960 Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Conference.
  • It is headquartered in Rome (Italy) and has more than 80 country offices around the world.
  • It provides food assistance to an average of 80 million people in 75 countries each year.

Question:

Q. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and which Chinese e-commerce giant have formed a strategic partnership to support efforts to eliminate hunger globally by 2030?
a. Baidu Group
b. Xiaomi Group
c. Alibaba Group
d. None of the above

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