FAO emergencies and resilience

Food crisis tightens its grip on 19 ‘hunger hotspots’ as famine looms in the Horn of Africa – new report

Rising conflict, weather extremes, and economic instability aggravated by the lingering impacts of COVID-19 and the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine are among the key drivers

Food insecurity in Sri Lanka likely to worsen amid poor agricultural production, price spikes and ongoing economic crisis, FAO and WFP warn

Nearly 30 percent of the population are experiencing acute food insecurity, and will likely deteriorate further unless urgent assistance is provided

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Hunger crisis in Somalia

Somalia continues to face one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crisis.


With the increasing attention to change the way how disasters are managed, with support from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), FAO Viet Nam in close collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority conducted the Anticipatory Action (AA) Simulation Exercise in Quang Tri Province of Viet Nam.

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This animated video explains the significance of seed systems in emergency context and why it is crucial to strengthen and rebuild seed systems after disaster. The video gives examples from a project in response to cyclones Idai and Kenneth in southern African countries in 2019.

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Cash and voucher assistance: 2021 achievements

FAO has continued to use cash transfers and vouchers to respond to severe food crises across the world. 

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FAO in the 2022 humanitarian appeals

The world has not faced a risk of widespread famine affecting multiple countries so severe in over a decade. 


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warn that acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate further in 19 countries or situations – called hunger hotspots – during the outlook period from October 2022 to January 2023.


This document provides an up-to-date summary of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the response of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the ground.


Severe monsoon weather conditions since mid-June 2022 have disrupted the lives and livelihoods of 33 million people in Pakistan, mainly located in rural areas.