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COVID-19 threatens to double the number of severely hungry people this year. Our response is unprecedented.
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 138 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in more than 80 countries this year.

UPDATE: Coronavirus

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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Top Emergencies

These are the seven largest and most urgent humanitarian crises on the planet: Yemen, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Nigeria, Mozambique and the Sahel.

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WFP's Work

WFP is the largest hunger-fighting organization in the world. See where it works, who it serves, the programs it runs and the food it delivers.

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Drivers of Hunger

What causes hunger? Conflict, extreme weather events, gender disparities, food waste and extreme poverty. WFP works every day to help people build resilience and overcome these threats.

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Conflict & Hunger

Violence. War. Persecution. Conflict is the #1 cause of hunger in the world. See why WFP dedicates 80% of its resources to helping people survive in conflict zones.

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Climate Change & Hunger

Climate change is one of the leading causes of global hunger, causing more frequent and intense extreme weather events. Over 80% of the world’s hungry people live in disaster-prone countries.

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The Faces and Voices of World Hunger

Videos

See life from Syria to South Sudan. Our videos tell the story of hunger and how we can end it.

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Hacking Hunger Podcast

Our podcast shares hidden, human stories about food and life on the front lines of hunger.

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Photo: WFP/Kevin Ouma Photos

Across the world, WFP photographers capture the incredible work WFP does and the people it serves.

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Looming Famine

New data on the impact of the pandemic is shocking: It threatens to double the number of severely hungry people this year. WFP is undertaking its biggest response ever to serve 138M of them.

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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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Stories of Hunger & Hope

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Photo: WFP/Kusum Hachhethu Inside the High-Tech Tool That Tracks Hunger Crises and Helps us Save Lives

mVAM technology enables the U.N. World Food Programme to monitor and respond to changes in food security worldwide.

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Photo: WFP/Mohammed Awadh An Unprecedented Response for an Unprecedented Time of Need

As COVID-19 spreads to the developing world, it is leaving hunger and poverty in it's wake. WFP is fighting back with a historic humanitarian response.

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Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh Pope Francis Urges Help for “Small Children Who Are Hungry” in Syria and Lebanon

“There are small children who are hungry, who do not have anything to eat,” said the Pope, praying that leaders in the region would “be capable of making peace.”

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