Families in East Africa face a devastating famine this year.

With the worst drought in 40 years and escalating food prices as a result of the war in Ukraine, there’s a looming hunger crisis. Millions of children are at risk of severe hunger.

We work across East Africa, but we don’t have the funding we need to cope with the scale of this crisis. We need your help to do more.

How big is the crisis in East Africa? 

Right now, families in East Africa are facing unprecedented levels of hunger and malnutrition. The rates of life-threatening hunger are staggering.

Just a few months ago, in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia roughly 23 million people didn’t have enough food to eat. But now 50 million people across East Africa are being pushed towards starvation.

Harvests are failing and livestock are dying, so there’s less food available. And the food that’s available is getting more and more expensive – meaning the most vulnerable families can’t get the basics they need to survive.

Despite all of this, we know that hunger is preventable.
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The crisis in numbers

  • 4.9M

    Around 4.9 million children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are severely malnourished.

  • 36.1M

    36.1 million people will be affected by severe drought across the Horn of Africa this October.

  • 986,000

    Almost one million pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are severely malnourished.

Why your gift matters

We’re working across East Africa to fight hunger and malnutrition.

In the face of this extreme crisis, we don’t have the funding we need. But with your support, we can save lives.

Your donation could help us to prevent the crisis from escalating – and provide urgent treatment for those who are facing famine in East Africa and around the world.

You could help Action Against Hunger to:

  • work with communities to help them grow drought-resistant crops
  • provide cash transfers so families can buy any essentials they need
  • supply clean water so families have enough to drink and farmers can feed their livestock
  • create early warning systems to better predict the areas facing the highest rates of malnutrition – so we know where to go before the situation gets too bad
  • support farmers to increase their crop production and protect livestock with vaccinations
  • provide nutrient-rich food and therapeutic milk to children suffering from severe malnutrition to bring them back to health
  • give urgent medical treatment to those who are suffering from complications caused by chronic hunger, such as weakness, dehydration and low blood pressure
  • run our mobile health and nutrition teams, so we can get to families in hard-to-reach areas

Your donation will be used wherever the need is greatest.
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Darmi Doyo, 50, with her starving cattle in Gomulle, Ethiopia.

All you need to know about the East Africa hunger crisis

Prolonged droughts and skyrocketing food prices are causing a hunger crisis.

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About us

A boy is screened for malnutrition at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Mali.

We’re building a world where no one dies from hunger and malnutrition.

What we stand for

An Action Against Hunger health worker in Mali.

At all times, our aim is to save the lives of vulnerable people affected by hunger.