World Vision is responding to the global hunger emergency. In 2022 we aim to support 15 million people. The hunger crisis has been compounded by climate change, COVID and the war in Ukraine

By emailing your MP, you are helping us call on the Australian Government to show leadership by joining our response and providing a one-off, additional $150 million food aid package to avert famine and build resilience against hunger – particularly in the world’s conflict hotspots. 


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The world is in the grip of the most devastating hunger crisis in decades.
 
If we don’t act now, our worst fears about the aftershocks of COVID-19 are being realised - extreme hunger! And the Ukraine crisis has made the global food situation even worse. Remember famine means people die simply because they can’t get enough food.


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14-year-old Rahima, looks after her sibling Hamdi

14-year-old Rahima, looks after her sibling Hamdi who is being treated for malnutrition and measles. Their family have been in a refugee camp in Baidao, Somalia, for five years. They are facing severe food insecurity from drought and skyrocketing food prices. World Vision is seeing an increased number of severely malnourished children as the food situation across Somalia worsens. Without emergency aid, nearly 386,000 children under five years old could be severely malnourished by the end of 2022.

More than 50 million people - about half of them children - across 50 countries are one step away from starvation. This is due to the combined effects of protracted conflicts, COVID-19 and the War in Ukraine. It's a humanitarian catastrophe without precedent in the 21st century.

The living hell for many refugees, torn from their homes by war and languishing in camps for years, just got worse. COVID-19 and conflict have intensified these challenges. Famine also endangers children's safety, learning and wellbeing. And it has devastating consequences for children's long-term physical and mental development.

Five nations - South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Madagascar - are experiencing famine-like conditions. Nigeria and Burkina Faso have pockets where there are famine-like conditions. And parts of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela and Lebanon are experiencing serious food insecurity. 

We must unite so we don’t see the mass deaths from famine that we saw in Ethiopia in the mid-80s – the "biblical famine" that awakened many of us to the fact that starvation was killing people.

Famine is the most disastrous form of hunger

Famine means there’s an extreme shortage of food. It results in many deaths, either due to starvation or a combination of malnutrition and disease. Famine was most recently declared in 2017 in South Sudan, and also in Somalia in 2011.

Famine is officially declared in an area when:

  • at least one in five households has extreme deprivation of food;
  • acute malnutrition is experienced by more than 30 percent of children; and
  • there are two deaths per 10,000 people every day, or four child deaths per 10,000 children every day.

Hunger Advocacy Activity for Students

Free Hunger Bites Cookbook by Celebrity Chefs