From Climate Change and Food Waste to Ebola and Famine: These Were Your 10 Most-Read WFP USA Stories of 2019

World Food Program USA
January 6, 2020
Photo: Unsplash/Scott Warman

Thousands of readers poured in for these stories last year, showcasing their interest in a wide range of topics and formats, from human interest podcasts to climate change infographics. These are your top 10 most-read stories of 2019:

#10 | Sen. Jerry Moran: Why Feeding the World Is in America’s Best Interest

If you haven’t heard what Kansas Senator Jerry Moran has to say about global hunger, now’s the time. We asked him why Kansans and the rest of America should care about global food security, and his answers are a great distillation of the link between American farmers, global markets and, by extension, the wellbeing of people everywhere…read more

#9 | A One-of-Kind Infographic About Climate Change

It started with a simple invitation: Let’s talk about the weather. And nearly 3,000 readers responded by scrolling, clicking and dragging their way through this game-board-style infographic. Seeing the link between extreme weather and global hunger in such a succinct, visually impressive way is more than worth the 5-minute read time…read more

#8 | The Pope Is Asking Us to Stop “Squandering” Food and #StoptheWaste

Food waste was one of our most popular topics overall this year, and on November 18th, even the Pope joined the conversation. “If we wish to build a future where no one is left behind, we must create a present that radically rejects the squandering of food,” he said. His full remarks were wildly popular with our readers…read more

#7 | The Ebola Epidemic Is Back. This Is How Food Can Help End It.

When Ebola spread through Western Africa in 2014, it killed more than 11,000 people. Now it’s back – and the Democratic Republic of Congo is at its epicenter. Since November of last year, more than 3,200 people in have contracted the virus. Of those, more than 2,100 have died. You might not think food has anything to do with stopping its spread, but it does…read more

#6 | Children at War: Seven Stories From the Most Dangerous Places on Earth
Photo: WFP/Jonathan Dumont

Khitam is fortunate to still be in school. More than 1.7 million Syrian children are not.

Amani, Khitam, Noril, Amadu, Tshela and Nyageka…these children are growing up in entirely different countries, yet they share similar stories of fear and hunger. From Syria to Nigeria, their photos speak a thousand words…read more

#5 | Seeing Yemen Through the Eyes of an Award-Winning Journalist: “They Might Starve”

“When I came home after a recent mission to Yemen, I slammed my car door so hard that the window came out of alignment,” says WFP’s Jonathan Dumont. Here he describes just how hard it is for humanitarian organizations like WFP to reach people in need when working in war zones and how hard it is to get some of the images out of his head…read more

#4 | On the Frontlines: A Yemeni Aid Worker on What It’s Like to Live Through the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

In just the last 20 days, this story has attracted nearly 4,000 readers. It’s told by Mohammed Ghanim, a program officer for WFP in Yemen, site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Mohammed is also from Yemen – born and raised – and like every other Yemeni, he has not been immune to the consequences of conflict. His recounting of the reality of living in Yemen during this difficult time shouldn’t be missed…read more

#3 | 10 Facts About the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan

Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, Jordan has shouldered the impact of a massive influx of Syrian refugees. Today, Syrian refugees account for over 10 percent of Jordan’s population, placing immense pressure on the country’s over-stretched resources at one of the most difficult economic periods in its history. These 10 facts explain why the situation is so dire…read more

#2: Hunger, War and an American Dream: One Man’s Story of Overcoming the Odds to Survive

This story has only been published for a little over a month, and yet it was our 2nd most-popular story of the whole year. Abdi Iftin’s tale of surviving famine in Somalia is one of perseverance, luck and the life-saving role of humanitarian aid. Abdi is now a successful author living in the U.S. with a story he’s eager to tell…read more

#1: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger
Photo: Unsplash/Scott Warman

$1 trillion dollars worth of food is lost or wasted every year —  enough to feed more than twice the number of hungry people.

This story has held the #1 spot for two years in a row. Our readers can’t get enough of the fact that global hunger isn’t about a lack of food. In fact, right now, the world produces enough food to nourish every man, woman and child on the planet twice over. These eight facts highlight the role that food waste plays…read more

We thank our readers for visiting us over the past year, and we look forward to keeping your interest in 2020.  For more of our stories, visit the blog: https://www.wfpusa.org/blog-stories/.