A farmer applies fungicide to the certified wheat seeds provided by FAO before sowing in Sahibzada Kalacha village, Daman district, Kandahar, Afghanistan. ©FAO/Hashim Azizi

FAO requires $1.5 billion to save lives and livelihoods of up to 50 million people in 2022


Humanitarian needs, acute food insecurity are growing. Livelihood-saving agriculture activities are crucial, urgently require funding at scale - FAO Director-General.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is seeking $1.5 billion in 2022 to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure people, as acute hunger accelerates its march across the globe. The announcement was made as part of the United Nations’ large-scale humanitarian appeal launched today.

With less than 4 percent of the $41 billion required across all appeals for 2022, FAO aims to provide livelihood assistance to about 50 million people.

Intensifying and spreading conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies, climate extremes and the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – compounded by the multiple impacts of the climate crisis -- have pushed more and more people to the extremes of hunger. By September, 161 million people were experiencing high acute food insecurity of whom 45 million were facing an imminent risk of starvation – a sharp rise compared with 155 million for the whole of 2020.

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