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Extreme Weather Is Causing Extreme Hunger

Climate-related disasters have more than doubled in the last thirty years and intensified. Families caught by floods, droughts, wildfires and other extreme weather events are in desperate need of food.

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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/Marco Frattini Acute Food Insecurity Soars to Five-Year High Warns Global Report on Food Crises

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for 2021 is grim. Conflict, economic shocks and climate change continue to drive hunger.

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Photo: WFP/Annabel Symington Extreme Hunger Reached a Five-Year High Last Year. Now Famine Is Looming for Millions.

Our worst fears are coming true. Life-threatening hunger is up, chronic hunger is up and extreme poverty is up. Millions are on the verge of famine due to conflict. How will we respond?

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Photo: WFP/Heather Hill WFP and Tajik Government Sign a MOU on Climate Change Adaptation

This MoU will pave the way for wide ranging bilateral cooperation towards our common goal of improving food security in Tajikistan, and help WFP raise awareness about climate change.

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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 and restoring land. WFP is constantly seeking solutions to help the world’s hungriest people survive and become self-sufficient.

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