We can end hunger but only if we end conflicts. The vicious cycle of conflict and hunger must be broken if we are to achieve a world where everyone has enough to eat. Conflict forces millions of people to abandon their land, homes and jobs — putting them at risk of hunger or even famine. At the same time, hunger may contribute to conflict when coupled with poverty, unemployment or economic hardship. The message from the World Food Programme is simple: end the conflicts and we can end hunger.
“We have far too much violence and conflict, and that is why we have more people who are hungry and in need of assistance. I call on the people in power, the people with guns, to stop the fighting now.
“I saw [people’s] wounds with my own eyes and I heard their stories with my own ears. They were frightened, hungry and malnourished after enduring a nightmare that most people cannot even imagine. If we are truly going to end hunger, we must stop this kind of inhumanity.” David Beasley, WFP Executive Director
Despite our best efforts at curbing world hunger – conflict is still raising the number of food insecure people in the world. Of the 815 million hungry people on the planet, 489 million live in conflict zones. The problem is getting worse – with the number of conflicts around the world at an all-time high. #ZeroHunger
Seven years of conflict in Syria have resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War II. Today, four in five Syrians live in poverty, and struggle to buy and eat enough food every day. One week of basic food supplies is now eight times more expensive than before the conflict.
From the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, WFP has been on the frontlines doing whatever it takes to deliver food to millions of people who need it. In besieged and hard-to reach areas, where regular deliveries are not possible and humanitarian needs are extremely high, WFP employs creative solutions, including inter-agency cross-line convoys, as well as airlifts and high-altitude airdrops.
Continuous fighting has forced close to 5 million people to flee across Syria’s borders in search of safety. Life outside Syria has pushed many refugee families into extreme poverty, leaving them unable to put food on the table or send their children to school. WFP supports about 1.5 million of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees sheltering in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. Through its voucher programme, WFP is empowering families to purchase food of their choice from local shops, including fresh produce, dairy products, meat and chicken. As the largest humanitarian food voucher programme worldwide, the WFP’s programme not only helps Syrian refugees but also strengthen local markets, creating jobs, and increasing demand for local produce in these hosting countries.
Nevertheless, WFP is currently struggling to meet the urgent food needs of more than five million displaced people in Syria and in neighbouring countries every month. Due to funding shortfalls in Syria, WFP has already been forced to reduce the calories in the food basket. Please help today.
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