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Photo: WFP/Eulalia Berlanga

Emergency Relief

From hurricanes and cyclones to outbreaks of conflict and health threats, WFP responds immediately, delivering humanitarian aid and food to over 100 million people suffering from hunger.

There When Disaster Strikes

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the first on the scene in an emergency, providing food and other assistance to millions of people affected by violent conflicts, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and pandemics.

50+

years of experience providing emergency assistance

80%

of WFP’s time and resources are allocated to crisis zones

20,600

staff are on the ground on any given day, responding in real time

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Photo: WFP/Alejandro Arriola

Hurricanes & Cyclones

Violent storms are disastrous for vulnerable populations. Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Central America are just the two most recent examples of WFP’s emergency response.

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Photo: WFP/Mehedi Rahman

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.

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Photo: WFP/Hussam Al Saleh

Violence & Conflict

Right now, 811 million people—1 in 10—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.

How WFP Responds to Emergencies

Photo: WFP/Alessandro Pavone
Emergency Food

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.

Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
Repair & Rebuild

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.

Early Warnings

Using cutting edge technology, WFP monitors emergencies before they happen. If conflict or natural disasters are on the way, WFP takes action.

Telecommunications

WFP is the leader of the United Nations’ emergency communications relief efforts. Its experts work to re-establish vital networks brought down by storms.

The Emergency Response Fund

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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