Sign now to support families during the global food security crisis

In Uganda, where the effects of climate change have depleted food sources, Akol Maria feeds her son porridge, which she learned to make more nutritious in a Mercy Corps training for mothers.

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The global food insecurity situation was dire prior to the war in Ukraine, which set off food price hikes and additional supply chain disruptions the world over.

The Horn of Africa and the Sahel were experiencing some of the worst droughts in decades, putting more than two million children at risk of starvation. Estimates suggest that the war in Ukraine could push an additional 40 million people into poverty and food insecurity globally. These new crises combined with other ongoing, large-scale humanitarian responses in places including Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Afghanistan create significant pressures on USAID and State resources, exacerbated even further by the war in Ukraine driving wheat prices to the highest ever recorded.

As Ukraine and Russia account for close to one third of the global market’s wheat supply, households hit hard by COVID-19, accelerating climate shocks and stresses, and now a global food price crisis are struggling to survive. Long-term consequences are expected as rising fertilizer costs will have a devastating impact on small-scale farmers who are already facing drought and poor rainfall. Additionally, it is planting season in Ukraine right now and with the conflict continuing to push farmers out of their fields, future global food stocks will suffer.

We call on the U.S. to provide an additional $5 billion in lifesaving and long-term food security funding to ensure we meet needs today and also prepare communities to thrive on their own in the future.

Currently, 45 million people in 43 countries across the globe are at risk of severe food insecurity. Roughly 584,000 are already living in famine-like conditions and the remaining 44 million are in emergency levels of food insecurity. The U.S. and other global donors must do more to avert this food security crisis.

Take action now: Ask the U.S. Senate to support a $5 billion supplemental appropriation to tackle the dramatically increasing global food security needs.

Here is the letter we’ll send to leaders on your behalf:

Dear Senators,

I am writing to request you support urgent supplemental funding for U.S. international food security and nutrition assistance programs. The world is facing a hunger catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, with the crisis in Ukraine serving as a “hunger multiplier” for crises around the world. Prior to the conflict in Ukraine, the number of people facing crisis levels of hunger worldwide had already more than doubled since 2019, with 276 million people experiencing acute hunger—primarily the result of a rise in man-made conflict, the Covid-19-related economic downturn and supply chain disruption, and escalating climate change impacts. The growing food crisis is especially dangerous for women, girls, and young children for whom even a short period of severe malnutrition can lead to permanent physical and mental stunting by often eating “last and least.”

Based on new and worsening humanitarian emergencies and increased food, fuel, and shipping costs, the likely global humanitarian food assistance funding shortfall in 2022 has increased by 50 percent since the beginning of this year. Consequently, we are asking you to support a new appeal for the Senate to provide $5 billion in supplemental funding for international food security and resilience programs. The now-323 million people likely facing crisis levels of hunger around the planet cannot afford further delay, nor can the U.S. partner humanitarian organizations continue making impossible choices everyday as to who lives and who dies because of a lack of funding.

I ask that as my representative you take action to address these concerns, starting with rising to meet the challenge ahead of us. The Senate should appropriate $5 billion for international food security and resilience programs to be included in the second Ukraine supplemental package.

Thank you for your consideration.