Needs Are Growing

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In 2015, more than 60 million people were displaced by conflict, the highest level ever recorded, and displacements are increasingly prolonged.

Today, 795 million people are chronically undernourished—more than two and a half times the population of the U.S.

Over the past thirty years, the number of disasters worldwide has risen drastically. The impacts of climate change and other extreme weather events, combined with the growth of densely populated urban centers in areas vulnerable to natural disasters, are increasing the risk of large-scale displacement, damage and death due to natural disasters.

In FY 2015, numerous large-scale crises around the world strained the capacity of the international humanitarian system. Four concurrent system-wide Level 3 emergencies—the humanitarian community’s most severe crisis designation—continued to stretch the human and financial resources of relief agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international donors worldwide. USAID provided over $2.1 billion in emergency food assistance to address food insecurity among affected individuals. 

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Last updated: February 26, 2016

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