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The World's Worst Hunger Emergencies

Whatever It Takes

When conflict erupts or natural disaster strikes, the United Nations World Food Programme is there. It feeds families on the frontlines of our planet’s most dangerous and complicated emergencies.



Recurring drought and delayed rains are pushing families in southern Madagascar into a hunger crisis. Help us deliver food before it's too late.

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By the time famine is declared, it’s too late. Today, 45 million people are teetering on the edge of this catastrophic level of hunger.

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Coronavirus Pandemic

The latest updates on COVID-19's impact on global hunger and what WFP is doing to make sure the world's most vulnerable people have the food they need to survive.

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

More than 3 million people – 1 in 4 – are severely hungry in the country’s conflict-ravaged Kasai region.

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Boko Haram has displaced an estimated 1.78 million within the country’s borders—80 percent are women and children.

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The Sahel

Comprised of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the Sahel sits just below the Sahara desert and has become one of the world's worst hunger emergencies.

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South Sudan

More than half of the country lacks access to sufficient food to survive as a result of ongoing violence.

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After ten years of conflict, nearly 12.4 million people inside Syria don't have enough to eat.

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Over 16 million people are struggling to find their next meal, making Yemen the world's largest hunger crisis.

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Crisis Watch

Photo: WFP/Arete/Joost Bastmeijer Northern Ethiopia

Conflict is devastating northern Ethiopia, pushing hundreds of thousands of people into famine. Over 70% of Tigray's population is hungry.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Andrew Quilty Afghanistan

Afghanistan is becoming the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with needs surpassing those in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Photo: WFP/Shelley Thakral Bangladesh: Rohingya

Home to the world's largest refugee camp, Bangladesh is hosting nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar.

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The Dry Corridor

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last ten years with nearly 8 million people facing hunger today.

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Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and one of the most food-insecure places in the world. Today, over 4 million Haitians needs urgent food assistance.

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Photo: WFP/Matteo Cosorich Climate Change

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

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What Could Cause so Much Suffering?

Without exception, the #1 cause of hunger in the world is conflict. See how and why at our Conflict & Hunger hub.

WFP operates the largest humanitarian transport network in the world. At any given time, 5,600 trucks, 30 ships and 100 planes are delivering food across the globe.

WFP delivers lifesaving emergency relief and coordinates on-the-ground logistics operations. From telecommunications systems to bridges and roads, WFP goes to the planet’s most dangerous and difficult-to-reach places.

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Stories From the Frontlines
Photo: WFP/Julian Frank/2021 Time Is Running out for Afghan Families as Their Country Becomes the World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Over the last four months, Afghanistan has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Jane Ferguson gives a heartbreaking account of her recent visit to Kabul.

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Photo: UN Haiti/Daniel Dickinson Rebuilding Schools and Delivering Hot Meals: How WFP Continues to Help Haitians Recover After the Quake

For International Day of Education, we’re taking look at how new schools and hot meals are keeping students in the classroom – even after disaster strikes.

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Photo: WFP/Evelyn Fey Why Global Food Security Is the Equity Challenge of Our Lifetime

Our food systems are important tools for achieving social justice by providing equal opportunity, health and well-being to all people, especially those furthest behind. At its core, food security is a question of human dignity and about our sustainability as a planet.

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Save Live in Emergencies

People suffering from conflicts and natural disasters have the most critical need. Your donation helps provide food and care for families in humanitarian emergencies.