On The Brink: Getting Aid To Countries In Need

In times of crisis, the world turns to WFP

WFP is the world’s first responder.

When conflict erupts or natural disaster strikes, families in need rely on emergency food assistance to survive. As the leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, WFP is on the front lines of the planet’s most complicated emergencies.

Thanks to its global logistics expertise, WFP operates the largest humanitarian transport network in the world. At any given time, 5,000 trucks, 70 aircraft and 20 ships are delivering food across the globe.

Countries On The Brink


Nearly 18 million are struggling to find their next meal, making Yemen the world's largest hunger crisis.


Now home to the world’s largest refugee camp, Bangladesh is currently hosting almost 1 million Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar.


More than 3 million people – one in four – are severely hungry in the country’s conflict-ravaged Kasai region.

South Sudan

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


After seven years of conflict, 6.5 million people within Syria lack access to sufficient amounts of food.


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

How Is WFP Responding

In times of crisis, WFP serves as the lead U.N. agency responsible for delivering lifesaving emergency relief and coordinating logistics operations on the ground.

This includes providing lifesaving food assistance, setting up telecommunications systems, transporting humanitarian supplies and staff to some of the planet’s most dangerous and difficult-to-reach places—and even building infrastructure like roads and bridges to get the job done.

Learn more about WFP’s logistics expertise. 

What Is WFP Delivering?

From monthly food baskets to High-Energy Biscuits, WFP is delivering the right food at the right time to feed families in crisis. There are a number of factors that determine which kind of food assistance WFP provides, including:

  • Whether vulnerable families have access to running water or cooking sources.
  • Whether local markets are functioning.
  • The conditions of the regional infrastructure, which determines whether planes, trucks, ships — or even elephants — will be required to transport the food.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon, for example, receive electronic food cards from WFP because markets are functioning and locally grown food is available yet unaffordable for the most vulnerable families. Struggling farmers in drought-stricken parts of the Horn of Africa, on the other hand, are getting traditional food commodities like sorghum or wheat flour because local agricultural production has plummeted.

Learn about the different types of food WFP delivers.

There would be no South Sudan without WFP.

WFP Logistics Officer Diko Amariah, a former WFP beneficiary

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