Responding to the threat of famine

In early 2017, the United Nations officially declared a famine in parts of South Sudan — it’s the first time famine has been declared anywhere in the world in six years. Millions of people in Yemen, northern Nigeria, and Somalia are also at risk of famine. 1.4 million of those at risk of death from starvation are children.

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People facing famine urgently need food and water, as well as sanitation supplies and health care and education. Our programming is designed to meet the specific needs of people in each region, ensuring that they get the exact help they need to survive and thrive.

Mercy Corps is working hard in the affected areas to address immediate nutritional concerns, but we’re also working to prevent future famines. With your support, we can do even more.

How you can help

Your support helps us provide more urgently needed access to food, water and cash to help hungry families meet their basic, immediate needs. Donate to our Humanitarian Response Fund now.

Our response

Today we are on the ground responding to a grave hunger crisis in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

We have an urgent chance to help now, and we also have an opportunity to address hunger at its root so a crisis on this scale doesn’t have to happen again. Working on issues like conflict, poverty, poor health and weak governance offer longer-term solutions to famine.

Here are some of the ways we address urgent needs and build stronger tomorrows:

  • Agriculture: Offering cash-for-work programs to increase farm production, helping farmers and traders create bigger and better products
  • Cash: Providing cash vouchers and cash assistance so people can get the items they need most
  • Food assistance: Providing emergency food assistance through food vouchers
  • Healthy mothers: Offering hygiene support and nutrition support groups for women
  • Infrastructure: Improving access to food and water, rehabilitating waterways, offering cash-for-work programs to develop better infrastructure
  • Emergency education: Helping children deal with stress, return to school and resolve conflict peacefully