10 Quick Facts on Global Hunger and the United Nations World Food Programme’s Life-Changing Work
The world is in the midst of a global food crisis – the largest in recent history. In this year of catastrophic hunger and unprecedented needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up to serve the greatest number of people in its 60+ year history.
We serve over 150 million people in 120 countries and territories. Here are the 10 facts you need to know about hunger and our work:
1) Up to 783 million people worldwide are hungry. That means one in ten people goes to bed on an empty stomach every night.
2) Of those 783 million people, 333 million are facing severe hunger.
4) In 2022, we reached 160 million people. This year, we’re planning to serve more than 170 million people and need $23.5 billion.
5) In areas of extreme hardship around the world, where the U.N. World Food Programme works to serve the hungriest of the hungry, women have a 10% higher chance of being hungry than men. That means more than half of the world’s hungriest people (60%) are women.
6) 45 million children are severely hungry – meaning they’ve suffered from recent and life-threatening weight loss due to lack of nourishment.
7) Conflict is the number one driver of hunger in the world.
8) In 2022, we delivered over 4 million metric tons of food (the equivalent weight of 840,000 Asian elephants) and distributed over $3 billion dollars in cash and food vouchers.
9) We provide 20 million children around the world with school meals, nutritious snacks and take-home rations.
10) The average cost of a U.N. World Food Programme meal is $0.50 cents. For $75, we can feed a family of five for one month with an emergency box of food.
As the number of hungry people continues to rise, the U.N. World Food Programme will continue to work doggedly to bring food and aid to millions of people in need.
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