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Hunger Crisis

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

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.


The world is facing the most devastating hunger crisis in decades. Conflict, economic shocks, and weather extremes are worsening the situation. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted supply chains and disrupted already fragile economies. Extreme climate events are forcing people from their homes, contaminating water sources, and causing crop and livestock losses. The war in Ukraine has driven food prices up globally, with a devastating impact on vulnerable populations.

By the spring of 2022:

  • An all-time high of 50 million people in 46 countries were on the brink of starvation;
  • After four failed rainy seasons, the Horn of Africa was experiencing its worst drought in 40 years;
  • The cost of food had risen between 30 and 300% in parts of eastern Africa;
  • Approximately 24% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa was undernourished;
  • With the global economy reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, and international resources pouring into the Ukraine crisis, the gap between needs and funding was bigger than ever before.


Our members are responding to the needs of 375,223 people in 8 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

We have provided or are providing:

Food and Nutrition

  • a monthly food basket of maize flour, beans, cooking oil and salt for a period of four months to most vulnerable households (Kenya)
  • micronutrient supplements and fortified flour for children (Ethiopia, Niger)
  • iron supplements for pregnant women (Ethiopia)
  • health and nutrition screening, training on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and care, treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in young children (Somalia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia)
  • cooking demonstrations and nutrition gardens (Nigeria)
  • animal feed, livestock health services and crop seeds (Ethiopia)


  • emergency health care for mothers and newborns (South Sudan, Ethiopia)
  • primary health care supplies to mobile health teams (Ethiopia)
  • mobile units to offer consultations, nutrition care, sexual and reproductive health services (Somalia)
  • mental health and psychosocial support (Somalia, South Sudan)


  • clean water and rehabilitated water sources, water trucking to settlements, and improved water storage, distribution, and management (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)
  • hygiene and dignity kits, and water treatment chemicals to households, along with hygiene and sanitation awareness and education (Somalia, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia)


  • child protection including awareness-raising and referrals (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • gender-based violence risk mitigation as well as counselling and care for survivors (Somalia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan)


  • multi-purpose cash transfers or vouchers (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Niger, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria)