Hunger in Emergencies

Typhoon Haiyan

CARE is providing food, shelter and other lifesaving essentials to survivors of the storm, which affected 16 million people, displaced 4.1 million and killed thousands.

Preparing for Difficult Times

Hunger and malnutrition are often caused by natural disasters and conflict or a combination of the two. Prolonged drought may destroy crops and cause food prices to skyrocket, or violent conflict may force people to flee their homes and livelihoods.

At times like these, so many forces come together at once that countries and regions become gripped in a major food crises. In 2012, people across the Sahel region of Africa endured a food crisis that affected 18.7 million. Today, 10.3 million people in the Sahel remain at risk and in dire need of assistance.

Before that, on July 20, 2011, the United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia – an extremely serious designation, indicating that hundreds of thousands of people were at imminent risk of starving to death. The declaration cast a spotlight on a crisis that had been developing for many months: in the face of a devastating drought and food crisis, more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, including those who fled to the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, were in need of immediate food aid.

During the Sahel and Horn of Africa emergencies, CARE was there to help, providing lifesaving food, nutrition, and medical care for malnourished people, especially children. We are still there, helping communities in these regions recover from crisis and improving their resilience to mitigate and cope with future emergencies.

As of September 2013, we also are helping people experiencing substantial food insecurity in Chad, Lesotho, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe. In our programs all over the world, we work to prevent disasters and food crises through promoting environmental sustainability and empowering people economically so that they are better prepared for difficult times.


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Watch This!

Check out a few of our videos and learn how CARE is responding in emergencies.


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