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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 front lines of our planet’s most dangerous and complicated emergencies.

Emergencies

Famine

By the time famine is declared, it’s too late. Today, 34 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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Nigeria

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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Syria

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

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Yemen

Nearly 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/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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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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The Dry Corridor

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last ten years with over 1.4 million people in need of food assistance.

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Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli Haiti

Before this year's political protests, Haiti was already one of the poorest countries in the Americas and one of the most food-insecure places in the world. Today, more than one in three Haitians needs urgent food assistance.

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Mozambique

After two cyclones hit Mozambique in just six weeks, 2.5 million people need food assistance and long-term rebuilding.

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Photo: WFP/Saiyna Bashir Gender Inequality

In nearly two-thirds of countries around the world, women are more likely than men to suffer from hunger and malnourishment. Read their stories and see what WFP is doing to help them achieve equality.

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Photo: WFP/Jonathan Dumont Zimbabwe

Unprecedented drought and a tumbling economy have left half of Zimbabwe's population without enough food. The country is teetering on the brink of WFP's most serious hunger designation.

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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, 5,000 trucks, 92 aircraft and 20 ships 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 Front Lines

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Photo: WFP/Mohammed Awadh On the Brink Again: In Yemen, Safiah's Family is One of Millions Trying to Keep Hunger at Bay

Six years of conflict have taken a devastating toll on millions of Yemeni families, and now famine is a stark reality without urgently needed funding.

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What Is the G7 and How Can It Help Us Fight Famine?

The most powerful tool we have to prevent famine is emergency food assistance. World leaders have a chance at this year’s G7 summit call for the funding, resources and policies to save millions of lives. 

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Photo: WFP/Claire Nevill “If the Shells Disappear”: For World Oceans Day, a Word of Warning Out of the Awá and Afro Communities in Latin America

The Colombia-Ecuador border is one of the most climate-sensitive and hungry regions in Latin America, and the Awá and Afro communities are seeing climate change unfold before their very eyes.

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