The world’s worst disasters driving hunger
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.
War in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine is triggering a wave of collateral hunger across the globe and threatening food security for millions of families.
Top Crises to watch
These countries are currently experiencing catastrophic levels of hunger due to conflict and climate disasters.
Since the Taliban takeover, the lives of Afghan families were thrown into chaos as the economy went into freefall.
The DRC is the world’s largest hunger crisis, fueled by over 25 years of conflict and endemic poverty.
Haiti is the poorest country in Latin America, and one of the most food-insecure places in the world.
After two years of civil war, the latest food security assessment of the Tigray Region alone showed a dire, worsening situation.
The food security situation in Somalia is critical – it’s experiencing its longest drought in over 40 years, exacerbated by conflict.
South Sudan is facing record levels of hunger due to increasing subnational violence, four consecutive years of flooding and high food prices.
Hunger continues to relentlessly rise in Sudan due to political instability, conflict, displacement, climate shocks and rising costs.
12 years of conflict have pushed more than 12 million Syrians into hunger, and the recent earthquake has only exacerbated this crisis even more.
For the past eight years, Yemen has been caught in a complex civil war that has created a devastating humanitarian emergency.
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What is Causing Hunger Crises?
The primary driver of hunger is conflict – wars and violence create complex humanitarian emergencies.
The climate crisis is causing natural disasters to be more frequent and more intense.
THe impact of Hunger Emergencies
FaminePhoto: WFP/George Fominyen
Conflicts and disasters often disrupt food chains that are already fragile. As hunger becomes more widespread and prolonged, famine sets in and the effects are dire.
RefugeesPhoto: WFP/Marwa Awad
Humanitarian emergencies leave people without food or shelter, forcing them to flee. As refugee crises unfold, hunger becomes a greater challenge.
Food is often the first thing people need when catastrophe strikes. Natural disasters and conflict leave entire communities homeless and hungry.
WFP does whatever it takes to reach the world’s most vulnerable people, and deliver the food and nutrition they so urgently need.
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People suffering from conflicts and natural disasters have the most critical need. Your donation helps provide food and care for families in humanitarian emergencies.
How WFP Saves Lives in Emergencies
Watch the interview with WFP Regional Director for Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe