FAO emergencies and resilience


By the end of 2022, the Global Report on Food Crises recorded the highest-ever levels of acute food insecurity – affecting a quarter of a billion people in 53 countries – in spite of the highest ever levels of funding for humanitarian response.

Throughout 2023, needs remained unacceptably and stubbornly high: 258 million people in 53 countries were acutely food insecure. Concurrently, humanitarian budgets began tightening, leaving millions without assistance.

Food crises continue to dominate the global outlook for 2024. Extreme weather events driven by the climate crisis are interacting with new and intensifying conflicts and economic instability, pushing humanitarian needs higher.

The reality of high needs and likely further contraction of bilateral donor funding means that the 2024 humanitarian response planning process must further sharpen its focus on those most at risk and the most cost-effective ways to meet their immediate food security needs.

In 2024, within the Humanitarian Response Plans, FAO is seeking a total of USD 1.8 billion to assist 43 million people to produce their own food. At a time of funding cuts, this support is both life-saving and cost-effective – on average for every USD 50 a donor provides, rural families are producing USD 300 in food.


In Burkina Faso, insecurity continues to spread across the country, making it increasingly difficult for vulnerable populations to access humanitarian assistance.


Cameroon faces a multifaceted crisis due to the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin and Far North, the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic, ongoing tensions in the North-West and South-West regions, and the impact of natural hazards.


The Central African Republic is one of the world’s ten poorest countries, with around 7 in 10 Central Africans living below the poverty line on less than USD 2.15 per day.


Chad now has the seventh highest number of refugees in the world. This is putting pressure on the limited natural resources of host communities, already struggling to cope with years of armed conflict, socioeconomic challenges and recurrent natural hazards.


The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of Africa’s largest internal displacement crises, with 22 percent of the population acutely food insecure due to increased armed conflict and the impact of climate hazards.