The war in Ukraine has left an estimated one in three families without enough food, rising to one in two in some areas of the East and South.
More than 6 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced and more than 6 million have left the country. Many of those who remain have lost their livelihoods, especially in areas close to the front lines. Millions who fled their homes to the country’s West are preparing for long-term internal displacement. Many who have returned to liberated areas around the capital, Kyiv, are struggling to rebuild their lives, having run out of money or found their homes reduced to rubble.
The war is disrupting commercial supply chains inside the country, making food out of reach for many communities in the East and South.
WFP is quickly scaling up to support 4.7 million people per month inside Ukraine, using a flexible mix of food and cash assistance. We support people wherever they are, including in areas close to the front line.
An estimated 88,000 refugees from Ukraine remain in Moldova, primarily women, children and the elderly, adding pressure to an already fragile economy. WFP provides them with food assistance, along with cash to host families.
Ukraine is one of the world's major breadbaskets, producing enough food to feed 400 million people per year prior to the war. The war has drastically cut supplies for countries in acute need while driving up food prices. WFP has supported efforts to reopen the Black Sea ports and is working around the clock to move its food since an agreement was struck, while exploring the use of other export channels.
What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Ukraine emergency
WFP is prioritizing multipurpose cash assistance in Ukraine wherever banks are accessible and markets are functioning. Cash gives beneficiaries the freedom to meet their essential needs as they choose, and helps local economies recover through increased trade.
WFP delivers monthly food kits and ready-to-eat food rations, primarily in hard-to-reach and frontline areas under intense fighting, where commercial supply lines are disrupted and markets are no longer functional or risk becoming non-functional.
Support to Ukrainian refugees in Moldova
WFP serves daily hot meals to approximately 2,000 Ukrainian refugees living in reception centres in Moldova, and provides cash assistance to approximately 11,000 Moldovan families hosting Ukrainian refugees.
Emergency telecommunications and logistics
On behalf of the United Nations, WFP is on the ground in Ukraine and in a number of neighbouring countries to lead the emergency telecommunications and logistics clusters. WFP is setting up teams in Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland to facilitate the delivery of food and cash assistance into Ukraine and to support refugees as needed.
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