Hunger is often the first emergency when catastrophe strikes. Natural disasters like typhoons and droughts destroy homes and farmland alike, leaving entire communities homeless and hungry. Conflict and war forces families to leave everything behind—including their livelihoods, leaving them with no way to put food on the table.
That’s why the World Food Programme (WFP) is among the first humanitarian organizations on the ground to help hungry families in crisis. In conflict zones like Syria, Iraq, and Yemen to regions of the world impacted by earthquakes and flooding, WFP works closely with national governments, the private sector and civil society partners to deliver life-saving food assistance when it matters most. The agency is also responsible for setting up vital telecommunications systems so the international aid community, government officials and local NGOs can coordinate relief and recovery efforts on the ground.
Last year, WFP reached more than 30 million people in emergencies across the globe.