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Women and Girls Are in Crisis

In the world’s worst hunger hotspots, women often eat last and least, and they are more likely than men to live in extreme poverty. We need your help to send lifesaving food today.

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.

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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Find Out How Food Waste & Loss Impact Hunger

Nearly one-third of all the food produced globally each year is lost or wasted. If we could recover all the food we waste, we could feed every hungry person on the planet twice over.

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See the Latest Stories of Hunger & Hope

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Photo: WFP/Belinda Popovska On National Siblings Day, Meet Khamisa: Refugee and Provider for Her Family

Every month Khamisa, who wants to become a doctor, walks from the family shelter to the U.N. World Food Programme distribution centre in Alagaya Camp, White Nile State to collect food for her parents and four siblings. She is one of the 387,000 refugees across Sudan that WFP supported in the first half of 2019. "Home is close by, but it feels so long ago," Khamisa says.

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Photo: WFP/Jonathan Eng Liberee’s Story: Rwandan Genocide Survivor Returns to Her WFP Roots

A survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Liberee was inspired to join WFP as a monitor helping Burundian refugees because of the emergency food assistance she received as a child. In the wake of the genocide, WFP distributed emergency food assistance to people in need, and still provides lifesaving humanitarian assistance to refugees from neighboring Burundi and the DRC.

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Photo: WFP/Arete/Fredrik Lerneryd Scale of Acute Hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “Staggering," FAO, WFP Warn

One in three people in the DRC are suffering from acute hunger. This makes the central African country home to the highest number of people in urgent need of food security assistance in the world.

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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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