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

When conflict erupts or natural disaster strikes, WFP is there. It feeds families on the front lines of our planet’s most dangerous and complicated emergencies.

Countries on the Brink

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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Mozambique

After two cyclones hit Mozambique in just six weeks, 2.1 million people need food assistance and long-term rebuilding.

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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 dessert 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 seven years of conflict, 6.5 million people within Syria don't have enough food.

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Yemen

Nearly 18 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/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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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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Photo: WFP/Micah Albert Climate Change and Hunger

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

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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/Alexis Masciarelli Women and Hunger

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/Rocío Franco The Dry Corridor in Central America

The Dry Corridor in Central America is experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last ten years with over 1.4 million people in need of food assistance. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are the most vulnerable 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.

Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed

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

Photo: Gabriella Vivacqua “I am hopeful for peace.” One Mother’s Story of Surviving Conflict and Loss in South Sudan

“On May 8, 2018, I gave birth to my last-born child, and the next day, on May 9, my husband was killed," says Deborah. Her and her children have seen more than their share of hardship, including hunger.

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Photo: WFP/Suzanne Fenton Small Radio Stations Saved Lives Before Cylone Idai Wiped Them Out. See What They're Doing Now.

“Move to higher ground!” “Keep your family together!” “Keep your phones charged and dry!” These were the warnings that rang out in the hours before the storm hit.

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Photo: WFP/Matteo Cosorich Eating Insects and Praying for Rain: Zimbabwe Is Gripped by Hunger

With nearly 8 million people — half the country’s population — severely food insecure, families can do nothing but pray for rain. Bread now costs 20 times what it cost six months ago.

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