FAO emergencies and resilience


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44 million
country population

12.6 million people
live in rural areas

5.1 million people
internally displaced (as of May 2023)

36% of the population
in need of lifesaving assistance

The war in Ukraine is affecting millions of people and forcing massive population displacement. The destruction of or damage to agricultural infrastructure and markets, and the disruption of food supply chains is threatening the food security of already vulnerable populations. Agriculture-based livelihoods, a key source of income for 30 percent of the population, are severely impacted. While many Ukrainians are fleeing their communities and/or the country, a significant proportion of the population is staying, facing extreme challenges and thus requiring multisectoral humanitarian assistance. Key emergency agricultural interventions to smallholder producers, who play a critical role in contributing to the country’s food security, helps sustain lives and livelihoods.
Update on FAO actions related to the breach of the Kakhovka Dam
FAO is deeply concerned about the impact of the breach of Kakhovka Dam and partial drainage of its reservoir on agriculture, fishery, forestry, rural communities and rural livelihoods. The Kakhovka Reservoir and wider Dnipro river system are the primary agricultural water resource for the area. Significantly reduced water levels may affect crop production in Khersonska oblast and neighbouring areas in the south of Ukraine. The reservoir and upstream Dnipro River were also critical fishery resources for the region. 

FAO is participating in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator for Ukraine. The FAO office in Ukraine is conducting a rapid assessment of damage and losses in the agriculture sector, in close coordination with national authorities and the other UN partners.

Additionally, FAO is supporting the national emergency response to agricultural needs, which will be strengthened by this assessment. This also is being closely coordinated with national authorities and UN partners.
Ukraine: FAO and WFP join forces to clear agricultural land from remnants of the war and help farmers resume production

The programme aims to prevent Ukraine from requiring food assistance in the long term

FAO welcomes $34.4 million contribution from Japan to boost food security and strengthen resilience in emergency contexts

This includes $10 million to safeguard rural livelihoods and provide emergency seed support to smallholder farmers in Ukraine

Cash assistance is helping families in Ukraine rebuild their day-to-day lives

Supporting rural families to meet their basic needs in this time of crisis

Key documents

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Ukraine has conducted a nationwide survey of agricultural enterprises with land up to 250 hectares.


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.


The war in Ukraine is significantly impacting food security at the national and global levels. Without urgent support to the Ukrainian agrifood sector, humanitarian needs will continue to rise and the stability of global food value chains will remain under threat.

Grain storage solutions help Ukrainian farmers save and sell their produce

FAO, together with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, distributed over 30 000 grain sleeves to support more than 1 500 Ukrainian farmers...

FAO's response to global food security risks due to war in Ukraine​ - Interview with Maximo Torero

In a world with 166 more million people chronically undernourished and 3 billion people with no access to healthy diets

Impact of war in Ukraine on global food security

The war in Ukraine is compromising global food security

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