WFP approaches disaster risk reduction from the perspective of food security and nutrition. In parts of the world where food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and disaster risk intersect, WFP is an important partner for governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and communities, supporting their disaster risk reduction efforts.

Each year, approximately half of WFP’s programmes include a disaster risk reduction activity. These programmes are implemented in about 60 countries and benefit up to 30 million people each year.  

Areas of Food Security-Related Disaster Risk Reduction 

Emergency preparedness, response and recovery 

WFP’s emergency preparedness and planning help to ensure readiness to respond to disasters and to reduce their impact on vulnerable populations. WFP also provides critical global capacities to support emergency response including logistics, information and communications technologies, and food security coordination.

Building resilience and protecting the most vulnerable

Working with governments and partner agencies, WFP implements asset creation activities which support a range of food security-related disaster risk reduction activities such as soil and water conservation, the development and rehabilitation of flood protection infrastructure, and rehabilitation of roads.

Support to safety nets and social protection

Social protection mechanisms including safety nets are powerful policy options for managing the risk of natural disasters and supporting pro-poor climate change adaptation. WFP supports the development and implementation of scalable and flexible food security and nutrition-related safety nets and social protection systems. 

Food security analysis and monitoring, and early warning

WFP supports governments to implement advanced food security monitoring systems to track food security, nutrition, market indicators and hazards to provide effective analysis to support disaster preparedness, prevention and response.

Capacity development and South-South Cooperation 

WFP works with governments to develop capacity in disaster risk reduction in its areas expertise including humanitarian assistance, food and nutrition security, livelihood support, vulnerability analysis, emergency preparedness, social protection and safety nets, and resilience building.