World food crisis: What you can do today to fight the causes of hunger in the future
16 June 2022
The scale of this global crisis is immense – but together, we are far from powerless.
In Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan, up to 20 million people are fighting for their very survival. The threat of extreme hunger is forcing people to spend their life-savings or leave their homes.
This is not normal – no one facing this kind of hunger could ever claim it was normal.
How is CAFOD responding to the world food crisis?
Our local Church aid workers are already on the front line of the food crisis in the Horn of Africa region, getting emergency food supplies and clean water to vulnerable families in need.
Working as part of the global Caritas network of Catholic international aid agencies, our local experts are also fighting hunger in Nigeria, Afghanistan and communities in other countries facing a food emergency.
We have committed £500,000 of your generous donations to this food crisis and our local experts are getting emergency food and clean water to hundreds of thousands of people.
What can I do to help?
1. Support our World Food Crisis Appeal
Your support today can help our local experts stop this crisis turning into one of the worst humanitarian tragedies we’ve ever seen. Please give what you can today to provide urgent help now to families in East Africa, support communities around the world working hard to put food on the table, and help fight the causes of hunger longer term.
This crisis is severe – and it is going to take commitment and dedication to help as many people affected as possible, and to keep supporting them as they recover and rebuild. Your donation today will help to provide urgent help now to families in East Africa.
2. Urge politicians to fix the food system
Political inaction is one of the key reasons emergencies like this keep happening – please raise your voice to our government and demand they take action to provide urgent help and fix the food system for a world where no one struggles to get enough to eat.
3. Pray for those who are hungry
Please keep all the families affected by this crisis – including those here at home who are finding it hard to keep up with the cost of living – in your prayers.
What are the causes of the world food crisis?
This disaster has been created by a perfect storm of converging crises - including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and the Ukraine conflict - causing food prices to skyrocket.
Our global food system is at breaking point. All around the world – including here, in the UK – families are finding it harder than ever to put food on the table.
In the affected areas of East Africa, many of the people worst affected have been learning to cope with the impacts of climate change for years – but collapsing supply chains, on top of four consecutive years of unbearable drought, have put everything they’ve worked for at risk.
Will my donation make a difference?
As Catholics, we are called to care for the world’s most vulnerable people and it is this commitment to our global family in times of crisis that is the true mark of our faith. Your donations will be used to support those in urgent need.
“For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat ... in so far as you did this to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25:35, 40
Is ending hunger possible in the long term?
We believe that a future without hunger for our global family is possible if we work together.
Governments must look to end conflicts and allow humanitarian access to all areas where vulnerable people need life-saving aid. And to end hunger permanently, governments must be willing and able to rebuild a sustainable and fairer global economy.
Hunger is a symptom of a deeper problem in a world in which the current system of growing, producing and consuming food works against the world’s poorest communities.