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Conflict
Drives
Hunger .

Hunger
Drives
Conflict.

Let's break the cycle.

Hunger is on the rise
for the fourth year in a row.

Of all the contributing factors,

MAN-MADE
CONFLICT IS
#1.

WHO IS AFFECTED BY CONFLICT?

Out of 820 million people facing hunger around the world,

60% live in countries affected by violence and conflict.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) | WFP/Jacques David

WHAT DOES CONFLICT DO TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES?

Conflict can drive food crises - situations in which people experience acute hunger and require urgent food, nutrition and livelihood assistance.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) | WFP/Tara Crossley

In fact,OVER 75%of the world's main
food crises are driven
by conflict.

Yemen | WPF/Marco Frattini

Conflict Uproots Families

and forces them to leave their homes, land and jobs. Right now, more than 68 million people are displaced due to violence — more than any other period in history, including World War II.

Nigeria | WFP/Rein Skullerud

Conflict Destroys Economies

and destabilizes markets. It can ruin a country's infrastructure. When a community faces conflict, agricultural production is disrupted and families are deprived of food, income and assets.

Syria | WFP/Marwa Awad

Conflict Leads to Hunger

and vice versa. Conflict makes food difficult to produce and afford, while competition for food and scarce resources multiplies the threat of civil war — especially in countries that are already unstable.

Yemen | WFP/Marco Frattini

Conflict Causes Malnutrition

and heightens the risk of premature death. Nearly 80% of stunted children — about 122 out of 155 million — live in countries affected by conflict. A child living in a country ravaged by conflict is more than 2X as likely to be malnourished.

Where does conflict have the biggest impact?

Among the 13 most significant food crises across the globe today, 10 are driven by conflict. Take a look at the regions impacted most by violence and conflict:

    Click on a region to see more detail.

    Yemen

    Yemen is the world's largest hunger crisis, and conflict is the key driver. Over 20 million Yemenis — that's 70% of the country's population — don't know where their next meal is coming from. Over 200,000 are now on the brink of famine, and 3.2 million women and children need urgent treatment for acute malnutrition.

    Syria

    More than eight years of war in Syria have pushed 6.5 million Syrians to extreme levels of hunger and poverty. More than 6.2 million are displaced inside the country and another 5.6 million live abroad as refugees. Syrian children have born the brunt of the war's effects and more than 1.7 million of them are out of school.

    Bangladesh

    It’s been nearly two years since the 2017 exodus of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, and the situation remains critical. More than 910,000 Rohingya refugees have escaped violence and persecution, settling in camps, makeshift shelters and host communities in Bangladesh. The largest is the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar district — now the largest refugee camp in the world — where 80% of the refugees are entirely dependent on WFP food assistance.

    Nigeria

    Conflict in Nigeria is affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Almost 3 million people are facing severe levels of hunger and over 1 million children under 5 are acutely malnourished. Violence and insecurity are causing mass migrations of people, with 1.8 million living in camps or host communities and hundreds of thousands more seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

    Due to armed conflict and widespread displacement, 13 million people are severely food insecure in the DRC — and about 5 million children are acutely malnourished.

    South Sudan

    Humanitarian intervention has prevented famine from sweeping across the entire country of South Sudan — but more than 7 million people, half the population, are severely food insecure after years of violence, instability and civil war.

    Conflict is the main driver of hunger worldwide.

    But hunger can also cause conflict - especially in impoverished and economically unstable regions.

    How can we alleviate conflict and solve hunger for good?

    When families in crisis gain access to food and become self-reliant, entire communities have a greater chance at

    PEACE

    SAFETY

    STABILITY

    The World Food Programme reaches conflict zones others can’t.

    With your support, WFP is working on the front line of crises to help the world’s most vulnerable people in conflict zones.

    fd Nigeria | WFP/Rein Skullerud

    Here are the five most effective tools

    we have against conflict and hunger.

    Immediate Food Assistance

    When conflict erupts, food is one of the first things people lose access to. WFP provides lifesaving food and nutrition assistance in the form of direct food distributions, food vouchers or cash transfers.

    Highly Specialized Nutrition

    In times of conflict, the most vulnerable people are often women, very young children and nursing mothers. WFP fends off malnutrition by providing them with specialized nutritious foods full of vitamins and micro-nutrients.

    School Meals

    In conflict zones, when people don’t know where their next meal will come from, children are often pulled out of school to make money. WFP’s school meals program is a major incentive to keep them in the classroom, providing critical calories and nutrition they can depend on.

    Building Self-Reliance

    When war starts, it turns lives upside down. WFP combines short-term assistance with longer-term projects to build back people’s ability to be self-reliant. Activities include land rehabilitation, agriculture training for small-scale farmers, building infrastructure and bolstering local food markets.

    Humanitarian Support and Services

    WFP has spent over five decades working through crises. Its teams have accrued vast expertise and capacity in supply chain management, engineering and emergency telecommunications — often in the most challenging environments. On any given day 5,000 trucks, 92 aircraft and 20 ships are delivering food across the globe and supporting other humanitarian agencies in large-scale responses to the world’s most pressing emergencies.