From hurricanes and cyclones to outbreaks of conflict and drought, WFP responds immediately, delivering humanitarian aid and food to nearly 90 million people suffering from hunger in more than 80 countries each year.
years of experience providing emergency assistance
of WFP’s time and resources are allocated to crisis zones
staff were deployed to 12 emergencies in 2015
76,000 people in the Bahamas may require food assistance
- 8 tons of ready to eat meals are being delivered to survivors
- 2 logistics hubs made of storage units, generators and prefab offices are being airlifted
Hurricanes & Cyclones
Violent storms are disastrous for vulnerable populations. Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Cyclone Idai in Mozambique are just the two most recent examples of WFP’s emergency response.
Drought & Flooding
In places like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, seasonal rains cause widespread flooding that wash away fragile homes, drown farmland and ruin infrastructure. Drought often quickly follows, wreaking further havoc.
Violence & Conflict
Right now, over 821 million people—1 in 9—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. More than 60% of them live in conflict zones, primarily Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan and the DRC.
WFP in Action: the First 48 Hours
WFP's Emergency Programs
High-energy biscuits are pre-packaged and shelf-stable. When cooking facilities are scarce, they are easy to distribute and can be eaten without water or cooking.
When roads are washed away in storms or bridges are destroyed by fighting, WFP helps local communities rebuild them so they can withstand future upheaval.
Using cutting edge technology, WFP monitors emergencies before they happen. If conflict or natural disasters are on the way, WFP takes action.
WFP is the leader of the United Nation’s emergency communications relief efforts. Its experts work to re-establish vital networks brought down by storms.
The fund supports WFP operations during unexpected disasters and emergencies. It’s an efficient, flexible solution for donors who are looking to fast-track their charitable gifts to people in dire need.
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