Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes.
But we need your help.

People suffering from hunger don’t often make the front page, yet hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Today there are 805 million undernourished people in the world. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life.

The good news is that hunger is entirely solvable. There is enough food in the world to feed everyone and no scientific breakthroughs are needed. Today’s knowledge, tools and policies, combined with political will, can solve the problem.

Good progress was made in reducing chronic hunger in the 1980s and the 1990s, but progress began to level off between 2000 and 2010. All of us – citizens, employers, corporate leaders and governments – must work together to end hunger.

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.

Meet some of these silent champions
that fight hunger every day.

Chheuy & Lida
8 & 9 years old

Chheuy & Lida

Best friends since first grade, Chheuy and Lida are both determined to be the first ones in their families to make it to secondary school. Yet, they walk to school every morning with empty stomachs.


Getting basic education is no easy task for poor children in Cambodia. 2 out of 5 Cambodian children are working to support their family, one of the highest child labour rates in Southeast Asia.

School meals

Every morning, Chheuy, Lida and their classmates receive a hot nutritious breakfast from the World Food Programme which keeps them healthy and focused in class.

School meals are one of the most powerful ways to break the cycle of poverty and hunger: The promise of at least one meal each day can motivate parents to send their kids to school.

30 years old


Siatta’s family lost seven of its members to Ebola in just nine weeks. Siatta, 30, and her sister Famatta, 32, are the only remaining adults in the family. Together, they have to take care of six children between the ages of 4 and 16 – their brothers, sisters, and nephews.


Liberia is one of the three countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease.

The spread of Ebola has disrupted farming and markets; that's why food assistance is needed. WFP is working to prevent this health crisis from becoming a food and nutrition crisis. 

Meet the Person of the Year

The Ebola Fighters have been named Person of the Year by the Time Magazine. Elizabeth Neufville is one of them and despite the sacrifices she has to make she is on the front line of WFP's Ebola response in Liberia: “I am not able to touch my children because of my role in the field”. But she says she is “proud to be part of WFP because this is one organization that is actually reaching needy people with one thing they really need: food!”

80 years old
Democratic Republic of Congo


His face and hair bears the marks of wisdom ... But his eyes express a great physical and mental fatigue. Mariko is 80 years old. He arrived in Mugunga refugee camp after fleeing violence in his village.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Cooking food is a normal everyday task in most parts of the world, but not in Mugunda camp.

Going to the bush to get the firewood to cook can be dangerous: women risk rape, beatings, injuries, and abuse inflicted by armed militias present in the area.

Food and Safety

To spare refugee the dangers of going in the bush, the World Food Programme runs a project to manufacture fuel briquettes as a substitute for firewood. The men and women working here are locals who receive food from WFP in return for their labour.

The fuel briquettes are then distributed for free in the camp. Thanks to them, Mariko’s wife and children don’t have to go look for firewood far away in the bush with all the risks it includes.

28 years old
South Sudan


When fighting first erupted near her home, Yaae refused to flee with the other villagers. She and her four children survived.

But when a second wave of violence returned to the village, the 28-year-old says she “saw death staring” at her, so she fled with her children to an island in the White Nile river.

South Sudan

It’s been more than one year since conflict erupted in South Sudan. A year of fighting has forced almost 2 million people to flee their homes and the fighting has seriously affected food security in the country, leaving it on the brink of a hunger catastrophe.

“WFP is giving us food, which is fine, but for how long will they continue feeding us?” Yaae asks. “What we want is peace so we can go back to our home, plant our own food and have our children drink milk.”


In South Sudan, WFP has to overcome enormous obstacles to bring food to people in desperate need. During the rainy season, most of the roads in the country become impassable due to the mud. WFP has no choice but to use airlifts and airdrops to bring food to the population in hard to reach areas.

75 years old
Central African Republic


Antoine, 75 years old, is a traditional singer from Berberati village. He earns his livelihood by performing songs around villages and cities.

When asked for an autograph, Antoine responded ‘oh, oh, oh, my autograph is a song’. ‘All I want now is peace so that I can go back home and sing’ he said.

Central African Republic

Some months ago, Antoine arrived in Bangui, the capital city, to record songs, when serious violence erupted. He got trapped in Bangui and his family members scattered across his country, torn apart by violence. Until now, he has no news of one of his eight children.

Central African Republic is one of five highest emergencies in the world along with Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Among these five crises, four are “man-made”.

Lifesaving assistance

Widespread looting and insecurity have taken a heavy toll on crops, livestock and fishing.

Food reserves in rural areas are now around 40-50 percent lower than average levels. One third of the population is suffering from food insecurity in C.A.R.

Antoine lives alone in a camp in Bangui. Like thousands other conflict-displaced persons, he relies on WFP food assistance to survive. ‘WFP food is an inestimable wealth for me’ he said.

52 years old


Carmen is 52 years old. She is the ‘Capitana’, the head of the Guaraní indigenous community at Palmar Chico. As local authority, Carmen is committed to helping her community prosper, through land, jobs, health and agricultural production.


Despite the economic progress in Bolivia, Carmen sees that huge problems still affect too many people’s lives. Indigenous people have to strive for land, water and jobs and often their rights are violated. Rural communities suffer from the negative effects of climate change, such as drought and floods.

Food for Assets

Carmen participates in WFP’s project “Food for Assets”. In exchange for food, participants work on activities that will benefit the whole community such as building water reservoirs.

Carmen’s community has been creating vegetable gardens. Since they no longer have to worry about the next meal, they had the time and energy to build irrigation systems that boosted their production.

13 years old


Sawsan, 13 years old, and her family are from Syria. The war forced them to flee for safety last year and seek refuge at Jordan’s largest refugee camp.

Sawsan’s father always played soccer. Back home in Syria, she made sure he took her with him to all of his games as she watched in admiration. Now, her father coaches the children’s team in the refugee camp. The children love him. Sawsan is very proud to have her father be the coach and she enjoyes playing. She is one of the best players on her team.

Za’atari Camp

Za’atari camps is home to almost 85,000 refugees today, children make up over half of the inhabitants. While they hope to return to their beloved Syria, Sawsan and her friends are playing football and are practicing hard every week.

Digital Food

WFP provides monthly food assistance to about 1.8 million Syrian refugees through electronic food vouchers, known as e-cards. These work like a debit card and enable refugees to buy their own food, while boosting the host communities’ economies.

In December, WFP temporarily suspended food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees due to lack of funding. WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its operations, and despite strong donor support so far, needs are increasingly exceeding the funds made available.

14 years old


Rahma is 14 years old. She arrived to Harsham camp in Erbil city after fleeing the conflict in her home town of Mosul, which militants have besieged.

She fears further displacement. Since fleeing Mosul, Rahma and her family have moved three times to three different camps across the Kurdish region in Northern Iraq.

Harsham camp

Harsham camp is one of many camps sheltering internally displaced Iraqis who have escaped violence in their homes.

Children of all ages pass the time playing soccer, Iraq’s national sport. But they are missing out on school which began in October this year. Many hope to enrol in the camp’s school when it is set up.

Fitting the needs

Aiming to feed 1.8 million internally displaced Iraqis by March 2015, the World Food Programme runs food assistance programs that adapt to the needs of the displaced whether they are on the move or temporarily settled.

Food parcels that feed a family of five are given out on a monthly basis to families living in camps like Harsham, while canned food items are distributed to those without any cooking facilities.

Antoine, Rahma and Chheuy are some of the 80 million that WFP feeds. But there are 805 million suffering from hunger worldwide. WFP needs everyone’s support to eradicate hunger. We know a Zero Hunger world is possible: the world produces enough food to feed the entire global population. But we cannot build a Zero Hunger world alone. We need your support to ensure that the stories of these silent champions are not forgotten.