FAO emergencies and resilience


As 2022 nears an end, almost 1 million people face starvation – almost double the numbers of 2021.

Across the world, 222 million people are experiencing high acute food insecurity, almost one in five of whom are struggling to access enough food to survive the day. They are overwhelmingly farmers, fishers, herders and foresters, whose most basic means of survival have been devastated by conflict or extreme weather (drought, floods), pests, disease or the steady disruption of economic turbulence and instability.

Agriculture aid is life-saving humanitarian aid. Urgent, time-sensitive agricultural interventions, especially when combined with cash and food assistance, have enormous impacts on food availability, nutrition and displacement, among others, significantly cutting other humanitarian costs. More importantly, such interventions are geared towards meeting the needs and priorities of affected communities – allowing them to remain in their homes where it is safe to do so, meet their own needs and lead their own future recovery.

Under the 2023 humanitarian appeals, FAO requires USD 1.9 billion to help almost 50 million people gain access to a steady supply of nutritious food, facilitate their recovery and lay the foundations for resilience to future shocks.

In depth


In Burkina Faso, over 16 percent of the population is expected to be in high acute food insecurity during this year’s lean season, if appropriate assistance isn’t provided.


Nearly half of the population in Haiti doesn’t have enough to eat, including for the first time ever 19 200 people in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).


This document provides an overview of FAO's component of the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan for Mozambique.


In the Niger, persistent conflict, droughts, floods and increased staple food prices have aggravated vulnerable households’ food insecurity.


Rural communities of Pakistan were among the hardest hit by the devastating floods of June–August 2022.