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ALERT: FAMINE IS COMING

Preventing famine is a choice. Today, 34 million people in over 30 countries are facing emergency levels of hunger. With the proper planning and your help, millions of lives can be saved.

Saving Lives. Changing Lives.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been on the front lines of the world’s worst hunger crises, fighting hunger and famine since 1962. Right now we’re taking on our largest scale-up ever in response to COVID-19, providing lifesaving meals to 109 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in more than 80 countries this year.

Find Out How Climate Change is Driving Hunger

Climate starves livestock, farms and families. Without immediate action, the number of people worldwide who need humanitarian assistance due to climate-related disasters could double by 2050.

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Learn About the #1 Cause of Hunger

Violence, war, persecution. No matter what you call it, conflict is the number one driver of hunger in the world, affecting more people today than any other time in the last two decades.

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Explore How Gender Inequality Leads to Hunger

Of the 690 million people who are food insecure in the world right now, 60 percent are women and girls. Each cause of unequal treatment - from food insecurity and unfair pay to lack of rights and gender norms - reinforces the others.

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This Is How We Fight Hunger: See WFP in Action

From emergency relief and immediate food assistance to long-term agriculture training and school meals programs, we’re helping people build resilience and overcome the ravages of hunger.

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Help Us End Severe Childhood Hunger

Nearly 50 million children suffer from severe malnutrition every year, claiming the lives of 3 million. We can't stand idly by and watch an entire generation disappear. We need your help.

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See How COVID-19 Is Fueling Famine

See the latest on COVID-19: how it's spreading, its impact and the lethal threat it poses to populations that are already vulnerable and hungry.

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See the Latest Stories of Hunger & Hope

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Photo: WFP/Marwa Awad WFP Welcomes Commitment to Famine Prevention by G7

This weekend, leaders of the G7 acknowledged the unprecedented humanitarian crisis our world faces today as more than 34 million people teeter on the edge of famine and endorsed a Famine Prevention Compact.

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Photo: WFP/Mohammed Awadh On the Brink Again: In Yemen, Safiah's Family is One of Millions Trying to Keep Hunger at Bay

Six years of conflict have taken a devastating toll on millions of Yemeni families, and now famine is a stark reality without urgently needed funding.

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Photo: WFP/Ala Kheir In Sudan, UN Agencies Reach Conflict-Affected Communities in Non-Government-Controlled Areas for First Time in a Decade

For the first time in ten years, UN humanitarian agencies have been able to access conflict-affected communities in the five non-governmental areas controlled in Sudan.

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Emergencies

When conflict erupts or natural disaster strikes, WFP is there. It feeds families on the front lines of our planet’s most dangerous and complicated crises.

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WFP's Programs

Sending emergency relief. Providing school meals. Helping small-scale farmers. WFP is providing solutions to help the world’s hungriest people.

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