Global Hunger Crisis

Hunger is stalking the globe

We must show humanitarian leadership

An unprecedented crisis

815 million people are in need of emergency food assistance




An unprecedented 815 million people are in need of emergency food assistance in 2017. The U.N. has declared the global hunger emergency the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Across East Africa, the Lake Chad Basin and Yemen, starvation threatens over 20 million people — more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia combined. Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, and South Sudan are already experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity and face a credible risk of famine.
The crisis is the result of prolonged drought, violence and insecurity. Consecutive years of poor rains and harvests have decimated crops across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Families are dying not only from starvation, but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation. Plus, ongoing fighting in countries such as Yemen prevents humanitarian workers from reaching many of the children, women, and men who need lifesaving assistance. And as families are forced to flee their homes to escape violence or find food, their needs begin to multiply.
This mass displacement compounds the crisis. East Africa is home to approximately 4 million refugees and more than 11 million internally displaced people, who, though they have not crossed an international border, still live in tent cities, dependent on food aid and other external assistance. Women and girls bear the heaviest burden of these famine conditions, fetching water from increasingly remote locations, and making compromises to access food for their families — putting them at increased risk of sexual violence.



As 20 million people face the threat of famine, there is truly a sense of urgency to respond to the alarming needs in these four countries. CARE is operational in all of these contexts and scaling up to prevent growing food insecurity and severe malnutrition that has lasting effects on children’s growth and development. We work closely with communities and local partners to do everything we can to reach those in need.
CARE has reached over 350,000 people in South Sudan since the conflict began in 2013, providing food and livelihood support to the displaced. CARE has ongoing responses in the affected areas of Niger, Chad and Cameroon serving refugees impacted by the violence in northeast Nigeria. And CARE Somalia has reached nearly 400,000 people in Somaliland, Puntland and south central Somalia with clean water, cash, relief supplies, nutrition support and protection of women and girls. In Yemen, CARE has reached 1.6 million people with food distribution and cash assistance so families can purchase food that meet their needs, and is also responding to the cholera outbreak with clean water and cholera prevention kits.

*Updated July 2017

Global Hunger Crisis - Nigeria


More than 8.5 million people in need of assistance

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Barnaram Oumara, 20 years old, has 2 children. Her 1-year-old son is called Idi.

Global Hunger Crisis - Somalia


Looming famine in Somaliland

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Global Hunger Crisis - South Sudan

South Sudan

6 million face extreme hunger

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Global Hunger Crisis - Yemen


The country faces a triple threat of conflict, famine and cholera

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Over 2.8 million people have been displaced by the war in Yemen over the past year. Many have lost everything including family members and their homes.