The world is on the brink of the most devastating hunger crisis in decades.
If we don’t act now, our worst fears about the aftershocks of COVID-19 will be realised - famine!
This means people will die simply because they can’t get enough food. Learn why.

What is the problem?

World Vision is deeply concerned the COVID pandemic is:

  1. Tipping over 10 million children in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, trapped in conflict, into a more extreme hunger crisis.
  2. Endangering children's safety, learning and wellbeing.
  3. Having devastating consequences for children's long-term physical and mental development.

DR Congo child exploitation

Children in the DR Congo are being exploited because of the effects of conflict, food shortage and disease, such as COVID-19.

What is World Vision doing about it?

  1. In 2020 we gave more than 6.4 million people food aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. This year we aim to support 2.4 million people with our response to the hunger crisis in East Africa.

    But we cannot battle the looming hunger crisis alone. So we are...

  3. Calling on the Australian Government to show leadership and join our response by 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.


How can you help?

Sign the below petition to #FightFamine. If your electorate is in the top 50, we'll personally deliver a "Meal of Fortune". Your signature means the world!

If you don't know your electorate just use your postcode

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Top 10 #FightFamine Electorates



  1. Cooper
  2. Wills
  3. Grayndler
  4. Clark
  5. Melbourne
  6. Sydney
  7. Gellibrand
  8. Watson
  9. Fraser
  10. Newcastle

What is 'Famine'?

‘Famine’ is the most disastrous form of hunger; it means an extreme shortage of food and significant death, either due to starvation or a combination of malnutrition and disease.

It was last declared in 2017 in South Sudan and 2011 in Somalia. From a technical viewpoint, famine is declared in an area when:  

  • ONE in five households or more has extreme deprivation of food
  • ACUTE malnutrition is greater than 30 per cent 
  • THERE are two deaths per 10,000 people every day, or four child deaths per 10,000 children every day






2021: The year of spiralling humanitarian need

COVID-19 continues to threaten the futures of an entire generation of children, especially those who live in the world’s conflict hotspots.

Read World Vision's Double Hardship report to learn more.