2022 Annual report
LESSONS IN RESILIENCE
World Food Program USA is a proud supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme. Since 1995, we’ve worked to inspire the American public – individuals, businesses and policymakers – to do everything they can to feed the world’s hungriest people. Take a peek into our 2022 Annual Report to see highlights from another record-breaking year.
Humanity’s resilience was tested by multiple overlapping crises in 2022. A singular event – the war in Ukraine – revealed in new ways the interdependence of our food systems and gave rise to a global hunger crisis:
- A record number of people – 349M – experienced severe hunger.
- Of those, 49M people teetered on the brink of starvation, and…
- Nearly 1M people in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen faced famine-like conditions.
Despite enormous challenges, WFP remained committed to building a world where every human being has the food they need to reach their full potential.
WFP’s 2022 impact
In 2022, WFP scaled up to assist a record 160M people, a 25% increase from 2021.
WFP worked in over 120 countries and territories around the world.
WFP reached 160 million people with food and other assistance.
WFP directly provided school meals to 20 million children.
in focus: RESILIENCE IN A GLOBAL HUNGER CRISIS
The theme of our 2022 Annual Report is resilience. While the immediate solution to hunger is food, the long-term solution to hunger is resilience. Below, you can see how WFP, whether through food and cash assistance, skills training, or land rehabilitation, aims to enhance people’s existing skills and knowledge with the resources they need to nourish themselves. In this way, resilience is at the heart of all WFP programs.
WFP’s emergency response is often the first step in a months- or years-long process to restore people’s access to food. In 2022, WFP launched a new emergency response in Ukraine.
WFP delivered food to 8 million Ukrainians.
WFP chartered 12 ships to transport
wheat out of Ukraine.
2.3M Ukrainians received cash-based assistance.
FOOD AND CASH-BASED ASSISTANCE
Food and cash assistance are the cornerstones of WFP’s programming, accounting for more than 80% of all assistance provided in 2022. WFP provided 113 million people with the food and cash they needed to survive.
65% of all WFP’s cash-based assistance was
WFP reached 8.8M refugees with food and cash.
UN entities saved $7M dollars
in cost efficiencies thanks to WFP.
WFP reached 14.7 million people through malnutrition treatment programs and 13.9 million people through malnutrition prevention services. This assistance was vital for pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants.
WFP distributed 317K metric tons of highly specialized foods.
WFP expanded the coverage of its malnutrition
treatment program by more than 10%.
One serving of PlumpySup contains 23 micronutrients.
Amidst a worsening climate crisis, WFP equipped over 15 million people with the resources they need – from early-warning systems to sustainable agriculture training – to adapt to their changing environments.
WFP distributed $365M dollars’ worth of climate-related insurance payouts
WFP provided 6.9M people with tailored
Over 1.7M people benefited from WFP’s
sustainable energy products.
Hunger prevents children from reaching their full potential in the classroom. WFP reached over 20 million schoolchildren with the meals they need to grow and learn.
WFP directly provided 20M children with school meals.
School meals create nearly 1.7K jobs for every 100K children fed.
WFP helped governments reach 107M children.
WFP supports small-scale farmers and is often the primary purchaser of their surplus. In 2022, WFP bought $71M dollars’ worth of food from farmers, thereby boosting local economies.
WFP purchased $71M dollars’ worth of food from small-scale farmers.
74% of FFA projects showed improved vegetation and soil conditions.
WFP supported 12K farmer
organizations and cooperatives.
If female farmers had the same access to resources as men, the increase in crops could lift up to 150 million people out of hunger. WFP understands this domino effect and therefore incorporates gender equality efforts into all of its programming.
60% of all people experiencing severe hunger in the world are women.
Over half of the people WFP supported in 2022 – 85.5M – were women and girls.
52% of people who received WFP cash assistance were women.
POLICY & ADVOCACY
World Food Program USA helped secure historic funding from the U.S. government for global food security, with Congress passing a $5 billion bill – the largest amount of supplement funding ever given for global hunger relief.
We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters – from individuals to corporations to institutional funders – who helped fuel WFP’s work in 2022. Your tireless resolve will help us reach our shared mission to end hunger. Read the full report to see the list of our most generous contributors.