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Year in review: Stories you may have missed on in 2022

Highlights from WFP staff around the world speak of saving and changing lives in a year of unprecedented hunger
, WFP Staff
David Beasley with people in Rivie, Ukraine, in April.
WFP executive director David Beasley meets displaced people in Rivne in western Ukraine in April. The ongoing war in the country wreaked havoc with what was already an unprecedented global food crisis in 2022. Photo: WFP/Marco Frattini

The global food crisis leaves the world entering 2023 with a million people facing famine and 49 million people in as many countries on the brink of catastrophic hunger. A record 349 million people currently face acute food insecurity. 

In 2022, skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices challenged people's access to basic nutrition in a world already reeling from the devastating intersection of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On, the World Food Programme seeks to press home the need for action on emergencies while highlighting our work in resilience, empowering people to create food security over the long term... saving lives and changing lives. Below are a few stories you may have missed.

Meet Ikran 
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In Wajir County, Kenya, Ikran receives a disability allowance that allows her mother to buy her the foods that suit her needs best. Photo: WFP/Arete/ Fredrik Lerneryd

Thanks to a recently introduced law on funding for people with disabilities, WFP works with the authorities in Wajir County, Kenya, to empower people like 8-year-old Ikran. Read article here.

Ukraine ripple effect
Dabat region food assistance
A WFP distribution point in the Dabat region of Ethiopia, which is among countries where the knock-on effects of the war in Ukraine are being felt. Photo: WFP/Claire Nevill

An eyewitness account from the WFP's Tomson Phiri in Lviv shows how the agency is collaborating to expand its reach as other crisis-hit countries feel the heat. Read the story here

Growing against the odds in Haiti
 A farmer in an irrigation project in Haiti
A farmer checks beans grown in the WFP-backed project in Paul Atrel, Haiti. Photo: WFP/Theresa Piorr

The erosion of soil on hilly farming land on higher ground due to deforestation over many decades has rendered a lot of agricultural land in the Nord-Ouest department of Haiti unproductive and unworkable. With the support of the local government, WFP and other partners, farmers are now producing crops again. Read more here.

Displaced in Ukraine
Liubov and her sons displaced in Poltava. Photo: WFP/Reem Nada  ​
Liubov and her family quit Kharkiv for Poltava where they receive WFP support. Photo: WFP/Reem Nada 

When Olexander and Liubov’s home in Kharkiv came under heavy shelling, they grabbed their two boys and rushed to the basement where they spent the entire night. WFP's Reem Nada met the family. Read more here.  

How mangroves keep families afloat in Ecuador
Rosa collects shells from mangroves in Colombia
Rosa collects oyster shells among mangroves which serve as a protective ecosystem for the community of Punta de Miguel near Ecuador’s border with Colombia. Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo

In the Mira-Mataje Mangrove Reserve, near Ecuador’s border with Colombia, Rosa goes out picking mangrove oysters – these provide a source of nutrition for her family, and she can also sell them on to earn an income. Read more here

Plan bee in Palestine
Aisha, a participant at one of WFP’s resilience projects in Palestine is supporting her family and sustaining their needs through the honey production. WFP/ Nizar Khadder
Aisha's honey production is a vital source of income for her family. Photo: WFP/Nizar Khadder

Aisha's always been fascinated by beekeeping and what started off as a hobby has become a profitable business. With backing from WFP and a local partner, it's positively buzzing... now she has nine beehives. Read more here

Horn of Africa drought
Two women carrying a sack of food
Drought-affected families collect monthly food rations from a WFP distribution centre in Garissa County, northeast Kenya. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi

An eyewitness account from WFP's Tomson Phiri in Kenya shows why governments and other donors must step up to avoid a deepening humanitarian catastrophe. Read article here.

Hunger, education and girls in Afghanistan
WFP is designing programmes to support Afghanistan's smallholder farmers and feeding children at the same time. In the picture, a girl holds a piece of bread from the Bread+ project, which gives children midday snacks and will grow to work with 1100 local bakers. Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri
In 2022, WFP designed programmes to support Afghanistan's smallholder farmers and feed children at the same time, through the Bread+ project. Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri

Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP's Country Director for Afghanistan highlights the importance of the organization having the resources it needs to reach the country’s most vulnerable people. Read more here.

Responding to a huge emergency in Yemen
In Hodeida governorate, Ahlah, 9, and her dad head home with WFP food rations. Photo: WFP/Mohammed Awadh
In Hodeida governorate, Ahlah and her dad head home with WFP food rations. Photo: WFP/Mohammed Awadh

WFP's Country Director for Yemen, Richard Ragan, on food's key role in building stability and the search for longer-term solutions. Read the interview here

Women, children face drought in Somalia
A mother holds her baby daughter close to her face
Ayan's husband died shortly after the family reached Dolow. Photo: WFP/Samantha Reinders

“The day we arrive in Dolow there is a red alert, which means that United Nations workers are at an increased risk of attack or kidnapping” – thirst and hunger drive people to make perilous journeys on foot to reach safety. Read more here.

‘Five things I took away from COP27’
Woman in Burkina Faso field harvesting
A woman tends to crops in a WFP-backed community market garden project in Kao-mossi village in Burkina Faso’s Nord region. Photo: WFP/Esther Ouoba

The climate crisis is compounding hunger for millions of people across the world. Here are five takeaways from the UN Climate Change Conference.

Read WFP's 2022 climate review and click here to DONATE

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