The World's Worst
Hunger Emergencies
Image depicting The World's Worst Hunger Emergencies
Photo: WFP/Annabel Symington
Photo: WFP/Annabel Symington
Whatever it takes

When conflict erupts or natural disaster strikes, WFP is there. It feeds families on the front lines of our planet’s most dangerous and complicated emergencies.

Crises on the Brink

Coronavirus Pandemic

The latest updates on COVID-19's impact on global hunger and what WFP is doing to make sure the world's most vulnerable people have the food they need to survive.

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

More than 3 million people – 1 in 4 – are severely hungry in the country’s conflict-ravaged Kasai region.

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Nigeria

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

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The Sahel

Comprised of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the Sahel sits just below the Sahara dessert and has become one of the world's worst hunger emergencies.

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South Sudan

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

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Syria

After nine years of conflict, nearly 8 million people inside Syria don't have enough to eat.

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Yemen

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

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Crisis Watch

Photo: WFP/Shelley Thakral Bangladesh: Rohingya

Home to the world's largest refugee camp, Bangladesh is hosting nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar.

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Photo: WFP/Micah Albert Climate Change and Hunger

Climate change is one of the top causes of global hunger, leading to more frequent and intense extreme weather events for vulnerable populations. Over 80% of the world’s hungry people live in disaster-prone countries.

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The Dry Corridor

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last ten years with over 1.4 million people in need of food assistance.

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Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli Haiti

Before this year's political protests, Haiti was already one of the poorest countries in the Americas and one of the most food-insecure places in the world. Today, more than one in three Haitians needs urgent food assistance.

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Mozambique

After two cyclones hit Mozambique in just six weeks, 2.5 million people need food assistance and long-term rebuilding.

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Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua Women and Hunger

In nearly two-thirds of countries around the world, women are more likely than men to suffer from hunger and malnourishment. Read their stories and see what WFP is doing to help them achieve equality.

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Photo: WFP/Jonathan Dumont Zimbabwe

Unprecedented drought and a tumbling economy have left half of Zimbabwe's population without enough food. The country is teetering on the brink of WFP's most serious hunger designation.

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What could cause so much suffering?

Without exception, the #1 cause of hunger in the world is conflict. See how and why at our Conflict & Hunger hub.

Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed

WFP operates the largest humanitarian transport network in the world. At any given time, 5,000 trucks, 92 aircraft and 20 ships are delivering food across the globe.

WFP delivers lifesaving emergency relief and coordinates on-the-ground logistics operations. From telecommunications systems to bridges and roads, WFP goes to the planet’s most dangerous and difficult-to-reach places.

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Stories from the front lines

Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo Birds, Bees and Bats: We Need an Environmental Intervention Today to Achieve Zero Hunger

We need biodiversity to sustain and expand the world’s food supply. To achieve zero hunger, our agricultural and food system interventions need to double as environmental interventions.

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Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson It’s Tea Time at Mohamad’s House, and the Whole World's Invited

Meet Mohamad, a tiny tea enthusiast and Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. His is a story about how important tea is to communities around the world who rely on WFP for help.

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Photo: WFP/Hussam Al saleh After His Blossoming Beekeeping Business Was Destroyed by Syria's Civil War, Here's How WFP Helped Him Rebuild It.

On World Bee Day, we take a look back at the story of one man who lost everything to civil war but found hope in honey.

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