In Transition & Recovery

Years of political instability and a recent economic crisis have left the country in a fragile state of transition. The recent deadly floods threaten its recovery and may put many more at risk of hunger.

Help send food to people in places like Libya.

Woman in Libya supported by WFP
Floods hit Libya Sunday night and impacted over 10,000 people.
Photo: WFP/Zakaria Thaij/2021

Floods in Libya

Torrential rains on September 11 caused catastrophic flooding throughout Libya. Two dams broke and water swept through the city, destroying entire neighborhoods. Over 6,000 people are dead and more than 10,000 are missing.

The U.N. World Food Programme is already in Libya providing food assistance, and has begun delivering meals to over 5,000 families affected by the flood.

Conflict has fueled political and economic instability, displacement, unemployment, poverty and hunger in Libya.


Unemployment rate in Libya


People need food assistance


People receive food monthly from WFP

Libya Facts

Population: 8.2 million people.

Background: Libya gained its independence in 1951. Oil was discovered shortly after, which has contributed to immense wealth for the country.

Geography & Climate: Libya is located in northern Africa and shares its borders with Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia. The Mediterranean Sea borders the north of the country. Except for its Mediterranean coast and climate, 90% of the country is an arid desert and mostly flat.

Economy: Oil is a main source of income for Libya, with oil and natural gas accounting for 75% of Libya’s revenue. While this makes Libya a wealthy country, there is still high unemployment and inequality.

What’s Causing Hunger in Libya?

WFP in Libya provides food assistance to IDP’s in Alfellah Tawergha Camp. WFP in Libya provides food assistance to IDP’s including the most vulnerable including those who live with disabilities.

Civil War & Instability

Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Libya has gone through civil war and continued unrest. The ongoing conflict has resulted in mass displacement and hunger. The political instability has also created an economic crisis, with fluctuating oil revenues, devalued currency, exhausted social safety net and high unemployment – all of which have fueled hunger even more.

Libya, Al Ubayyat, Jabal al Gharbi district, 14 October 2020 In the Photo: WFP trucks around the world come in every shape and size, covering all terrain so food gets to where it needs to go. This truck is fully stocked with nutritious food parcels being delivered to Aweeneya, mountainous western Libya, for an upcoming distribution. Photo: WFP/Khayal Productions

Droughts & Floods

Libya is especially vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis including droughts. With a largely desert environment with less than 1% arable land and poor soil, Libya struggles to sustainably produce food and must import up to 90% of its food. Libya is also susceptible to floods, with the most recent and devastating on September 11.

WFp’s Work in Libya

Since 2018, we have scaled up our operations in Libya. Though conflict and climate-related disasters, we’ve provided food assistance for people in need. In 2022, we reached 234,000 people. Now, we are scaling up further to meet the unprecedented needs fueled by the recent floods.

Food Assistance

WFP provides food and cash assistance to displaced people, returning refugees and others facing severe hunger.

School Meals

In 2019, we launched our school meals program in Libya. Today, we reach over 43,000 schoolchildren with food.

Photo: WFP/Mohamaed Ben Khalif
Resilience Building

WFP vocational trainings to help people find employment. Through the training, people develop business skills.

Help Save Lives by Sending Food

When you donate, you help us deliver critical food assistance to the most vulnerable people in Libya and other countries around the world. You can make difference in someone’s life – send food today.