WFP’s Perspective on the Crisis

Right now, the World Food Programme (WFP) is leading the way in tackling the world’s most pressing crisis — the possibility of four simultaneous famines. In this month’s special edition of Food-For-Thought, we highlight Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — four countries where far too many families do not know where their next meal will come from. See how WFP is responding to each crisis, meet the families who are affected and find out how you can help.

Child holding WFP High Energy Biscuits
Former South Carolina governor David Beasley, the new Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), recently said donors need to “step up to the game even more” as looming famine threatens the lives of people in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Together, we can prevent famine if we act now, not later. Make a lifesaving gift today — fight famine with WFP.

Help provide emergency meals to mothers, children and families in need #NowNotLater.

Child held by her mother. People WFP serves.
The last time the world saw famine was in Somalia in 2011. By the time it was officially declared, more than 100,000 people had already died. Now, more than 2.9 million people in the country require food assistance. More than 350,000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, which means they show visible signs of wasting away.

See for yourself what a looming famine in Somalia looks like today.

People WFP serve in Yemen
It is a race against time in Yemen. Since conflict began in March of 2015, the country has faced restrictions on imports, shortages of food and fuel and rising food prices. Many regions also remain inaccessible to humanitarian aid, which means many families don’t have any food to put on the table. As a result, about 60 percent of the population — 17 million people — needs food assistance.

Learn how we’re fighting famine in Yemen in a race against time.

People WFP serves in Nigeria
Ongoing conflict as a result of Boko Haram’s insurgency remains the principal driving factor of instability in northeast Nigeria, forcing almost 200,000 people to seek shelter in neighboring countries. As of January 2016, nearly 1.9 million people have been internally displaced. Despite the challenges of delivering desperately needed food in dangerous and hard-to-reach areas, WFP has deployed rapid-response teams on the ground to save lives.

Learn how we’re fighting famine in Nigeria.

Abeer and her grandchildren fled from South Sudan
Abeer literally ran for her life. From the sound of bullets in the near distance. From the fear that death was close. From the sense that this was it — now or never. Run. Run. Run. She grabbed her three grandchildren and fled for the Ugandan border.

Read about this heroic grandmother and how WFP delivered food and peace to her family.

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