Frequently asked questions
Globally, conflict is the biggest driver of hunger — it’s responsible for 65% of people facing food insecurity. Violence destroys livelihoods and forces families to flee their homes, leaving countless children facing hunger as they seek refuge.
Inflation and economic shocks have impacted access to food for millions of people. Steep rises in food prices are creating immense strain on household budgets, with the poorest families hardest hit.
Countries across Africa are especially affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine supply around 40% of Africa’s wheat, but the war has halted exports, leaving countries like Somalia on the brink of famine.
COVID-19 also caused a sharp rise in poverty and inequality globally, with lockdowns devastating livelihoods. In many countries, pandemic restrictions meant a disruption to food supplies and a halt in school meal programs.
Increased natural disasters like hurricanes, cyclones, floods and droughts have destroyed countries’ crops and livestock. Right now in the Horn of Africa, the worst drought in 40 years is leaving parents without the resources to feed their families, and millions of children are facing severe malnutrition.