WFP

Members of the Arhuaco community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

The social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19 add to the ongoing challenges faced by the Arhuaco indigenous people in the north of Colombia, including severe drought and shortage of water for agricultural production, due to climate change.  WFP’s support has brought welcome relief to hundreds of indigenous families. Each family was given a toolbox for setting up a garden, with WFP’s technical assistance.

A woman receives cooking oil from a truck.

Since the southern departments of Haiti were hit a by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, WFP has provided 8,000 hot meals to patients, their families and medical staff in hospitals.

Boxed supplies and people inside a helicopter.

WFP is working around the clock to respond after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti killing some 1,300 people, leaving up to 5,000 people injured. Numbers are expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue. In a tweet, WFP Haiti said the WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was on hand, supporting the government and agencies on the ground. Thanks to USAID, WFP has 3,500 metric tons of food pre-positioned across the country to respond swiftly in case of disasters. These existing supplies can support up to 270,000 people for one month.

a group of women using hoes to till the soil

Up to 811 million people went hungry last year as the combined effects of conflict, climate extremes and the coronavirus pandemic pushed a further 161 million into food insecurity. International food prices are up for a 12th consecutive month. WFP seeks to save and change the lives of 115.5 million people in more than 80 countries. Food systems play a key role in ensuring people's access to regular, nutritious food despite these factors. Food Systems encompass everything from ‘farm to fork’— it’s about having a broader picture of how we literally produce, transport, process and consume food. 

women in national dress in Laos

WFP buys more than three quarters of the food it delivers from developing countries and connects smallholder farmers, who produce most of the world's food, to markets in 35 countries. Find out more about the 2020 Peace Nobel Laureate.

A line of girls in uniform wait for food rations.

Girls in South Sudan are more likely than boys to be excluded from education. In some parts of the country, it is estimated that over 75 percent of primary-school-aged girls are not in school. Conflict, poverty, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and cultural and religious views are among factors driving educational inequality that hinders the prospects of girls. The WFP’s school feeding programme provides daily hot meals to 500,000 children in 1,100 schools across South Sudan, an essential safeguard contributing to increased enrolment.

In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 690 million people — nearly 9 per cent of the world's population — still go to bed hungry each night. After nearly a decade of progress, the number of hungry people has slowly increased — driven by the twin scourges of conflict and climate change, and now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. WFP is the frontline agency responding to emergencies caused by conflict, climate shocks, pandemics and other disasters. There are 34 million people in three-dozen countries at the ‘emergency’ phase of food insecurity in 2021, just one step away from a declaration of famine. The greatest threat currently lies in Yemen and South Sudan. WFP urgently need US$5.5 billion to avert famine, chiefly through life-saving food and nutrition assistance.

A group of kids sit on a matt eating and looking up at the camera.

As food prices rise, basic misconceptions of famine also persist, WFP considers dispelling these is an important step in better understanding the current plight of millions of people.

beekeeper holding up honecomb

A group of seven men and five women, Kinna's passionate bee farmers are supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) — they are among more than 400,000 people in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid regions the organization empowers through livelihood activities such as fish-farming, and livestock and crop production. Since 2019, WFP has distributed over 9,000 beehives to farmers in 12 arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya in addition to honey harvesting suits, hive tools, centrifuge machines for extracting honey and refractometers for measuring the water content of honey.

A group of mostly women dig half-mood shapes in the soil.

Acute hunger at five-year high

Syrian girl holding bread

Food prices across the country are skyrocketing — the cost of basic food items is up a staggering 313 percent on figures for 2019. Today, a record number of Syrians don’t know what they will eat tomorrow. Each month, over 400 WFP staff are at hand providing life-saving food to 4.8 million people across Syria — together with nutrition assistance, this is critical for families struggling to rebuild their lives after a decade of conflict. They face unprecedented challenges to buy the basics, including medicines, and to continue sending their children to school.

Backshot of people walking on a road for cars.

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