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Hunger Crisis

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Together we have raised more than $10.6 million, including a $5 million matching fund from the Government of Canada, to help feed and care for people experiencing hunger. Your donations are already at work, providing food, water and health care where it is needed the most.

Our joint appeal is now over, but if you wish to make a donation for the Hunger Crisis, please go directly to one of these member sites:

The Hunger Crisis

Global hunger is surging. More than 50 million people are facing starvation. The needs are enormous, but we can all do something.

What do we mean by hunger crisis?

More than 10% of the world's population goes to bed hungry every night. 50 million people in 44 countries are teetering on the edge of famine, up from 27 million in 2019. The humanitarian needs are higher today than ever before.

25,000 people die of hunger every day. That's one every 4 seconds. And it's getting worse.

This is a catastrophe and we must act quickly to save lives.

We are working to provide food, water, nutritional support and health services to people who urgently need it.

What's causing the hunger crisis?

There are three main drivers of hunger. They are: conflict, economics and weather.

In the past few years, severe weather, including the worst drought in 40 years in East Africa, has decimated crops, livestock and water supplies. Economic turbulence, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, has pushed more and more families into poverty.

However, ongoing conflict and insecurity remain the greatest cause of hunger. And now, in addition to political instability already present in many vulnerable countries, the current crisis in Ukraine is pushing food insecurity to catastrophic levels.

Russia and Ukraine supply 80% of East Africa's wheat flour, and 70% of world's sunflower oil.

Hunger is reaching catastrophic levels, but we can all do something. 

The World Food Programme identifies 16 countries with very high levels of hunger, including Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and DR Congo. Weather conditions and the disruptions in food supply from Ukraine continue to aggravate the crisis in certain regions, especially the Horn of Africa.

About the Humanitarian Coalition

The Humanitarian Coalition brings 12 Canadian international aid agencies together in times of disaster. With a combined presence in 140 countries, we are uniquely placed to respond quickly to large-scale disasters or smaller, under-reported disasters.