16 October is World Food Day. For some years, food insecurity has been increasing again: 800 million people around the world are suffering from hunger. Germany is working for greater food security.
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was critical even before the Taliban seized power, and the situation is continuing to deteriorate. Germany has made available additional financial aid to help people on the ground.
There are now more refugees globally than at any time since the end of the Second World War. The refugee and migration situation cannot be resolved by any one country alone. Instead, the international community needs to take a joint approach.
The COVID‑19 pandemic is more than a global health crisis: its economic, social and humanitarian impact is dramatic too. German missions around the world are helping people in need in their areas.
When people think about humanitarian assistance, they tend to think of the distribution of tents and flour, but often other things are needed – children’s shoes or mattresses. Therefore, Germany is increasingly focusing on cash payments to strengthen local markets and give people greater freedom.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi presented the latest figures for displacement and forced migration on 18 June 2021. According to these figures, by the end of 2020, 82.4 million people had been violently displaced – almost 3 million more than in the previous year. A record number.