Family in South Sudan stand in front of their home which has been flooded

Famine action letter

With 45 million people on the brink of famine, Action Against Hunger is joining NGOs calling on world leaders to take urgent action.

Dear world leaders,

It is over six months since the UN warned that famine risk is soaring globally. We – a group of 120 NGOs from around the world – are at a loss that since then the crisis has only worsened. There has been a 370% rise in people experiencing catastrophic levels of hunger since April and now a staggering 45 million people are at extreme risk – on the brink of famine. These numbers do not tell the whole story. Behind them are people suffering immensely from a crisis that we can prevent. What will it take for this situation to change?

The promises of the G7’s Famine Prevention Compact issued in May have not yet been met. It is clear that, since then, the situation has only deteriorated. Grand gestures do not fill empty stomachs. As the UN Secretary General has recently alerted, less than half the funding needed to stave off famine in six countries of highest concern (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Southern Madagascar, north-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen) has been received to date. Meanwhile, some Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) are less than 20% funded.

The number of people at risk, and associated costs, are escalating, rising from $6.6bn needed to support 41 million people at risk of famine a few months ago, to $7bn needed to feed the 45 million people at risk across 43 countries, now. As basic food needs go unmet, humanitarian crises are escalating. One in 33 people worldwide are now in need of humanitarian assistance and one in ten people has malnutrition. The gap between needs and humanitarian funding is stark in some of the most vulnerable regions.

Conflict, the climate crisis, economic shocks and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic are set to push more people into crisis level hunger and malnutrition in 2022. Conflict in particular is escalating globally, forcing families to flee their homes and lose their livelihoods. The hunger and malnutrition this is causing disproportionately affects women and girls putting them at increased risk of extreme hunger and gender-based violence.

In conflict settings, supporting peacebuilding and conflict prevention is also crucial. Further, it is time that political commitments made to uphold international law, safeguard people’s human rights and secure access to aid are acted upon. All parties to a conflict must facilitate humanitarian access, protect civilians and desist from using starvation as a method of warfare. Obstacles, such as sanctions and access denial, to humanitarian action are severely compounding a crisis that cannot be healed with money alone.

We have watched the number of people in need rise in 2021. We call on World Leaders to take the urgent action desperately needed now to reverse this trend in 2022.


International NGOs

Action Against HungerGlobal
CARE InternationalGlobal
Christian AidGlobal
Concern WorldwideGlobal
COOPI – Cooperazione InternazionaleGlobal
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)Global
International Medical CorpsGlobal
International Rescue Committee (IRC)Global
Islamic Relief WorldwideGlobal
Mercy CorpsGlobal
Norwegian Refugee CouncilGlobal
Oxfam InternationalGlobal
Plan InternationalGlobal
Power of NutritionGlobal
Save the ChildrenGlobal
Secours Islamique FranceGlobal
World Vision InternationalGlobal

Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA)Afghanistan
Qatar Red Crescent Society  Afghanistan -OfficeAfghanistan
Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA)Afghanistan
La Chaîne de l’EspoirAfghanistan
Organization for Community Coordination and DevelopmentAfghanistan
Organization for people’s Health in action (OPHA)Afghanistan
Shuhada OrganizationAfghanistan
Aid VisionCountry
Caritas Développement Kalemie-KirunguDemocratic Republic of Congo
Action Commune pour le Développement ONG ACDDemocratic Republic of Congo
Action pour l’Encadrement des filles mères désœuvréesDemocratic Republic of Congo
ADRADemocratic Republic of Congo
Amour et Avenir du CongoDemocratic Republic of Congo
APPRONA (Appui aux Projets pour la Protection de la Nature)Democratic Republic of Congo
Armee de SalutDemocratic Republic of Congo
Association des agriculteurs sans frontièresDemocratic Republic of Congo
Association des Jeunes Cultivateurs et Eleveurs pour le développement au KivuDemocratic Republic of Congo
AVSDDemocratic Republic of Congo
Bureau Œcuménique d’Appui au Développement “BOAD”Democratic Republic of Congo
Caritas Développement TshumbeDemocratic Republic of Congo
Caritas International BelgiqueDemocratic Republic of Congo
Carrefour des Agriculteurs, Pécheurs et Eleveurs “CAPE3Democratic Republic of Congo
Centre d’encadrement des personnes imprimeessDemocratic Republic of Congo
Centre Oecuménique pour la Promotion du Monde RuralDemocratic Republic of Congo
Comité pour le Développement et Assistance Humanitaire (CODEVAH)Democratic Republic of Congo
Consortium des Organisations Humanitaires Pour la Paix du Sud KivuDemocratic Republic of Congo
Cooperative TunnganaDemocratic Republic of Congo
Coordination Nationale des Conviviums de Slow Food en RD CongoDemocratic Republic of Congo
CS Savoir VivreDemocratic Republic of Congo
Direction Hygiène et Salubrité PubliqueDemocratic Republic of Congo
Environnement Sans Frontières asblDemocratic Republic of Congo
Espoir PlusDemocratic Republic of Congo
Food Security ClusterDemocratic Republic of Congo
Foyer de Lutte Contre la MalnutritionDemocratic Republic of Congo
Joseph NDAMBUDemocratic Republic of Congo
Lutte Nationalle Contre La Pauvrete (LUNACOP)Democratic Republic of Congo
Paix et Développement de la Femme et de l’enfantDemocratic Republic of Congo
Prodecom  (projet de développement la communion fraternelle)Democratic Republic of Congo
Regroupement des Acteurs pour le Développement de BaseDemocratic Republic of Congo
Réseau d’Investissement pour le Développement Intégral (RIDI)Democratic Republic of Congo
Solidarite Pour L’encadrement et Lutte Contre La PauvreteDemocratic Republic of Congo
UADI ASBLDemocratic Republic of Congo
Union pour la Promotion/Protection, la Défense des Droits Humains et de l’Environnement-UPDDHEDemocratic Republic of Congo
Youth Engaged for Development and Social ProgressDemocratic Republic of Congo
Youth for Development and PeaceDemocratic Republic of Congo
Caritas Développement UviraDemocratic Republic of Congo
ADSSEDemocratic Republic of Congo
UN OCHA Middle East and North AfricaEgypt
Finn Church AidFinland
Finnish Development NGOs – FingoFinland
Solidarités InternationalFrance
ADRA GermanyGermany
Jordan Health Aid Society InternationalJordan
Jordan paramedic societyJordan
Refugee Consortium of KenyaKenya
Middle East Council of churchesLebanon
Conseil des Agriculteurs, des Pécheurs et des Eleveurs “CAPEMbuji-Mayi/Kasaï Oriental
FHI 360Nigeria
Jesuit Refugee ServiceNigeria
Norwegian Refugee CouncilNigeria
SOS Children’s VillagesNigeria
Women for Women InternationalNigeria
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations NetworkOccupied Palestinian Territory
New World Hope Organization (NWHO)Pakistan
Society for Human Rights & Prisoners aidPakistan
Groupes des Jeunes pour le Developpement CommunitaireRépublique Démocratique du Congo
ACtion In Semi Arid Lands ( ASAL)Somalia
Actionaid international somalilandSomalia
Development Action NetworkSomalia
FCA Somalia Country OfficeSomalia
Gargaar Relief and Development Organization (GREDO)Somalia
Horn International Relief & Development Organization (HIRDO)Somalia
Juba FoundationSomalia
Shabelle Community Development OrganizationSomalia
Somali NGO ConsortiumSomalia
Sustainable Development & Peace-building Initiatives (SYPD)Somalia
Welthungerhilfe (WHH)Somalia
World Concern Development OrganisationSomalia
Zamzam FoundationSomalia
FAWE SomaliaSomalia
Humanitarian Translation for SomaliaSomalia and Kenya
Mada Women Development SSSouth Sudan
Al-Sham Humanitarian FoundationTurkey
Hand in Hand for Aid and DevelopmentTurkey
Horan FoundationTurkey
Action For HumanityUK
Hand in Hand for Aid and DevelopmentUK
Church World ServiceUSA
Bilding Foundation For DevelopmentYemen
Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF)Yemen
Tamdeen Youth FoundationYemen

National and local NGOs


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