The Immediate Food Crisis

Africa is currently facing the worst food crisis since 1945. Millions could die in the coming months.

The collision of climate change, population growth and regional conflict has created massive food shortages across multiple countries in Africa. While the cause varies from country to country, the needs are largely the same—immediate provision of food and water, as well as long-term solutions that address the root causes.

We need your help now.

Feed the hungry in Africa and help prevent future crises.

Where We Work

World Relief and our partners are already on the ground in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Somaliland, South Sudan and Sudan, serving people in many of the hardest hit regions.

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This self-declared independent state within Somalia is experiencing severe drought, which has depleted livestock and forced many Somali to flee their homes. World Relief is distributing emergency food relief and providing access to lifesaving water, sanitation and hygiene.


Due to a collision of drought and population growth, nearly 4 million Kenyans are now food insecure. World Relief is providing food assistance to vulnerable households in Turkana North, conducting nutrition outreach and health screening for children under five.


Water deficit, pests and plant diseases have sharply increased food shortages throughout Burundi. In partnership with UNICEF, World Relief is conducting malnutrition screening for children and working with farmers to bolster agriculture production and resilience against future crises.


Cycles of massive flooding followed by prolonged droughts have destroyed crops, livestock and houses in southern and central Malawi. In partnership with the World Food Programme, World Relief is mobilizing local church leaders to distribute monthly supplies of maize, corn-soy blend, salt and oil to vulnerable families.


Regional conflict has displaced 1.85 million South Sudanese, creating competition for scarce resources, including food. World Relief is providing agricultural training as well as life saving screening and treatment for acutely malnourished children and pregnant mothers.


Violence in the Darfur region continues to force many Sudanese to abandon their homes, disrupting their ability to produce or buy food. World Relief is providing screening and treatment of individuals suffering moderate and severe malnutrition, working to improve the nutritional status of children under five.

Stories From the Field

Turkana North Food Crisis

"People are at risk. People are dying, especially children." — Tim Breene, World Relief CEO

Southern Africa Food Crisis

"The church is already here and thriving. World Relief just empowers it to act." — James Misner, World Relief SVP of Strategic Engagement

Turkana: A Challenge of Food and Water

"The land is not expanding. The population is growing. The climate is becoming worse." — Elias Kamau, World Relief Kenya Country Director

How You Can Help

When you give today, you help provide the following resources to those being affected by the food crisis:

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Food and nutrition assistance provided through various modalities including cash transfers, food vouchers, and provision of therapeutic food

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Rural and mobile clinics to provide health care and nourishment to severely malnourished children

Potable water (rainwater harvesting systems, tanks and cisterns for water storage, well management and protection of communal watering points, etc.) is provided throughout communities

Potable water (rainwater harvesting systems, tanks and cisterns for water storage, well management and protection of communal watering points, etc.)

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Recovery efforts, such as restocking livestock lost to drought, training and technical assistance—helping farmers to be more resilient and recover from the loss of their livelihoods

Together, we can save lives and make a long-lasting difference.


Your giving ensures sustainability to our work in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. Contributions will be used for the purpose specified in this campaign. If in the judgment of World Relief such purpose becomes impossible, impractical, unnecessary, or undesirable, World Relief will use contributions for its general purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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