Three Hunger Emergencies

WFP is currently facing three large-scale emergencies at the same time. We’re on the ground providing assistance in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria. People in each of these countries urgently need food. Find out more below and consider making a donation today.

Central African Republic



The Central African Republic (CAR) faces a steadily worsening hunger crisis. As well as the violence which has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the country's economy has almost collapsed. The majority of the Muslim trading community has fled , with the result that existing food-supply systems no longer work. Meanwhile, the crisis has become a regional one, with thousands of families fleeing over CAR's borders into neighbouring countries.


Inside CAR, people have settled in impromptu camps, many near the capital Bangui but also in rural northern areas. The crisis is compounded by bad sanitation in these sites, the lack of seeds for farmers to plant, rising food prices and the coming rainy season, which will complicate relief efforts.


Despite ongoing insecurity, WFP is on the ground distributing emergency food rations in various locations and working to scale up operations. We aim to reach more than a million people in 2014.



South Sudan



WFP and partners have already provided food for more than 430,000 people displaced by the recent violence in South Sudan. We are also assisting tens of thousands of people who have fled across South Sudan’s borders into neighbouring countries, such as Uganda.


The conflict has pushed millions of people further into hunger, even in parts of the country not directly affected by fighting. This is partly because of disruption to trade routes and food markets. Of course, the fighting also severely complicates efforts to provide relief. WFP urges all parties to the conflict to allow aid agencies better access to deliver humanitarian assistance.


The conflict has done so much damage that hunger is likely to increase in coming months and many people will need food assistance for months – or longer – as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Over the next 6 months, we plan to provide food assistance to 1.3 million people affected by the conflict.






Syrians have now been living with civil war for nearly three years. Recent assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is having trouble getting enough food. WFP is increasingly concerned about the nutritional situation of people living in hard-to-reach areas across the country. 


We plan to reach over 7 million Syrians with food assistance in 2014 - over 4 million inside Syria and nearly 3 million refugees in neighbouring countries. The operation is WFP’s largest and most complex emergency worldwide.


In Syria, we are distributing rations of flour, oil, pulses and some canned food. We have also begun distributing fuel to ensure families can cook and keep heating appliances running.


Meanwhile, outside Syria WFP is assisting refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, mostly by distributing food vouchers. We are also providing nutritious snacks for refugees in school.

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