Saving livelihoods saves lives – 2018 highlights

May 2019

In recent years, the number of people experiencing acute hunger has been persistently high. And 2018 was no exception. Some 113 million people in 53 countries were acutely hungry last year. That is 113 million girls, boys, men and women, old and young, who were unable to access enough food and required humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic needs. For FAO, building resilient agriculture-based livelihoods and food systems is at the core of efforts to fight acute hunger and avert food crises.

While humanitarian assistance is critical, it is clear that humanitarian assistance on its own is not enough to win the battle against acute hunger. This is why FAO’s humanitarian work is firmly embedded within a foundation of resilience building. Here’s a look back at some highlights of FAO’s work in emergency contexts from 2018.