Image depicting The World's Worst Hunger Emergencies
Photo: WFP/Annabel Symington

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.

Emergencies

Madagascar

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

Learn More +
Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is triggering a wave of collateral hunger across the globe and threatening food security for millions of families.

Read More +
Famine

By the time famine is declared, it’s too late. Today, 49 million people are teetering on the edge of this catastrophic level of hunger.

Learn More +
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

DRC is the world’s biggest hunger emergency in absolute numbers, with 26 million acutely food insecure people.

Read More +
Nigeria

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

Read More +
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.

Read more +
South Sudan

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

Read More +
Syria

After 11 years of conflict, nearly 12.4 million people inside Syria don't have enough to eat.

Read more +
Yemen

Over 17 million people are struggling to find their next meal, making Yemen the world's largest hunger crisis.

Read More +

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.

READ MORE +
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.

READ MORE +
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.

Read more +
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.

read more +
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.

Read more +
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.

Read more +
Help Save Lives Today

Your gift will provide lifesaving food for people in emergencies.

What Could Cause so Much Suffering?

Without exception, the #1 cause of hunger in the world is conflict. See how and why:

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.

Take Action

Join Us on Instagram

Use your social media influence as a platform to raise awareness for ending world hunger.

@wfpusa on IG
Be an Advocate

Send an email to your representative in Congress to advocate on behalf of the hungry.

Write to Congress
Play the Freerice Game

You pick the topic, and for every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to change lives around the world!

Play Now
Take the Global Hunger Quiz

How much do you know about the causes of global hunger? Let’s find out! The answers may surprise you.

Take Quiz

Stories From the Frontlines

https://www.wfpusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/WF1692199_IMG_1756-600x337.jpg
Photo: WFP/Giulio dAdamo How to End World Hunger: 6 Zero Hunger Solutions

The world faces the largest global food crisis in modern history. That's why these six Zero Hunger solutions are more important than ever.

Read more +
https://www.wfpusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WF1676463_WFP-Antoine-Vallas-180-600x337.jpg
Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas/2022 What You Need to Know About the War in Ukraine: Displacement, Hunger and Black Sea Ports

The war in Ukraine is not taking place within a vacuum: It unleashed a wave of collateral hunger across the globe.

Read more +
https://www.wfpusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/WF1640487_20220806_SOM_Geneva-Costopulos_034-600x337.jpg
Photo: WFP/Geneva Costopulos Drought in Somalia: The Race to Save Lives as the Climate Crisis and Conflict Drive Hunger

Read more +
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.