The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for helping people fight hunger and improving life conditions for peace.

The WFP is the 101st winner of the prize, which is now worth $1.1 million. The organisation felt “deeply humbled” to win the award amid the competition of 107 organisations and 211 individual nominees.

“I was literally for the first time in my life without words. To receive this award is a recognition to the men and women at the World Food Programme who put their lives on the line every day for the struggling, suffering people around the world. So I hope this is a signal and a message that the World Food Programme is a role model and that we all have got to do more,” WFP chief David Beasley told the BBC’s Newshour.

“If there is a deserving organisation then this is certainly one of them. The people there do incredible work helping others and therefore I am very pleased about the awarding of this Nobel Peace Prize,” Beasley added.

Besides the WFP, the World Health Organization and climate activist Greta Thunberg were among the favourites to win the Nobel Peace Prize this year.