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Right now, millions of families are facing a food crisis that could be worse than any we’ve lived through. 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.

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Together, we can reach out with love to help our sisters and brothers around the world who are facing extreme hunger through no fault of their own.

In Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, people are facing terrifying drought and rocketing food prices. Schools are closed, and the threat of extreme hunger is forcing people to spend their life savings or leave their homes. Our global food system is at breaking point with families all around the world - including here, in the UK - finding it harder than ever to put food on the table.

What is causing this food crisis?

This was not inevitable and it was not caused by the people now facing extreme hunger.

  • The climate crisis has made rain unreliable. Four years of failed rainy seasons have created an unprecedented drought.

  • Livestock have died in vast numbers, crops have failed and water is difficult to come by.

  • Food costs have risen at an alarming rate as a result of inflation caused by the war in Ukraine and the lasting effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The World Food Crisis in numbers

  • In Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, up to 20 million people are fighting for their very survival.

  • Around the world, 811 million people are facing extreme hunger

"We need more support, to bring water and food to these communities that are really suffering. "We need to feed these hungry people and quench their thirst. We need resources to reach out to these communities to save their lives.”

Isacko Jirma, Lead aid worker in Marsabit, Kenya

How can my donation help? 

Your donation will help families who are facing extreme hunger, by providing:

  • Tools, training, and climate-resistant seeds to help with sustainable farming

  • Emergency food, water and shelter

  • So much more

A monthly gift today would mean we can continue to support families around the world to put food on the table tomorrow, and help fight the causes of hunger longer term. 

Because no one is beyond the reach of the love they need to flourish.

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.

Monthly giving - your questions answered

Regular monthly donations and single gifts are both vital in our work to end poverty. All donations we receive mean we can reach work with local experts and communities to respond to the emergency. They also mean we have essential funds ready for emergencies when they happen.

Monthly giving is a significant and important part of our funding, with over £6 million donated regularly each year. It makes up nearly a quarter of the donations we receive from the Catholic community, which means it is one of our largest sources of funding.

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. You’ll be helping people working hard to put food on the table, even in the face of crisis upon crisis.

Monthly gifts allow us to always have money available to help those in crisis. As well as responding quickly, knowing how much money we will receive allows us to plan just how much we can support these communities and other long term. Without this money we simply wouldn’t be able to help to the extent we do.

A monthly gift means we can continue to support families around the world to have enough food to eat today, tomorrow, and help fight the causes of hunger longer term.

We understand that people’s situations can change. If you need to change your bank details, change the amount you are giving, or pause or cancel your Direct Debit, please call our Supporter Care team on 0303 303 3030. They’re available Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Or email us on supportercare@cafod.org.uk (never send your card details via email).

How we spend your money

We are committed to being honest, open, transparent and accountable about how your donations are spent.

Supporter promise

CAFOD values the trust of our supporters. We don’t tolerate corruption or abuse in any form.

About CAFOD

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice.