We CAN end hunger - but only if we end conflict
[updated August 2018]
The vicious cycle of conflict and hunger must be broken if we are to achieve a world where everyone has enough to eat.
Conflict forces millions of people to abandon their land, homes and jobs — putting them at risk of hunger or even famine.
At the same time, hunger may contribute to conflict when coupled with poverty, unemployment or economic hardship.
The message from the World Food Programme is simple: end the conflicts and we can end hunger.
The devastating impact of conflict
The country is on the brink of famine with 18 million people not knowing where their next meal is coming from. WFP is providing food assistance for those most urgently in need. Read more
Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence in Myanmar are facing food shortages. WFP has provided food (including rice, pulses and oil) to almost 900,000 people. Read more
Seven years of war mean an estimated 6.5 million people not having enough food. WFP is providing food assistance to 3 million people, having been forced to scale down from 3.8 million due to limited funding. Read more
A total 2.99 million people are facing hunger in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. WFP is distributing food or — where markets are functioning — cash to more than 1.1 million people monthly in those states. Read more
While prompt humanitarian intervention prevented famine from spreading across the country, 7.1 million people — that is more than half the population — are severely food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. Read more
Although many displaced Iraqis are now returning home every month, hundreds of thousands are still living in camps with few possibilities to earn an income enabling them to put food on the table. In addition, an estimated quarter of a million Syrians have sought refuge in northern Iraq, placing additional pressure on limited resources. Read more
2.7 million people face dangerous levels of hunger, with over half a million on the brink of famine. WFP reached 3.1 million people in the worst-affected areas in 2017. Read more
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Violence has uprooted more than a million people. Renewed fighting in the southeast, compounded by bad roads, have made it difficult to reach many areas and forced WFP to reduce the distribution cycle in some places. Read more
THE DEMOCRACTIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
With 7.7 million people severely hungry — almost half of whom in the Greater Kasai region — and 4.6 million children acutely malnourished, WFP is increasing emergency assistance to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. WFP and partners are providing rations containing cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt to those most at risk. Read more
This inhumanity must stop
WFP Executive Director David Beasley (pictured, above left) has visited several countries affected by conflict since he took up office in April, including Bangladesh, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.
His message is clear:
"We have far too much violence and conflict, and that is why we have more people who are hungry and in need of assistance. I call on the people in power, the people with guns, to stop the fighting now.
"I saw [people's] wounds with my own eyes and I heard their stories with my own ears. They were frightened, hungry and malnourished after enduring a nightmare that most people cannot even imagine. If we are truly going to end hunger, we must stop this kind of inhumanity."
WFP needs up to US$6.8 billion this year to feed over 80 million people.
In Bangladesh for example we urgently need US$26.2 million to support one million people in Cox's Bazar region.
In Yemen our operations are little more than 50 percent funded.
Meanwhile shortages in South Sudan are mirrored in neighbouring countries where refugees have sought shelter, forcing WFP at times to cut rations in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Number of people living in countries affected by conflict: 489 million
Number of stunted children in conflict-affected countries : 122 million out of 155 million
People living in countries affected by ongoing crises such as conflict are more than twice as likely to be undernourished than people elsewhere
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