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What's Causing the Hunger Crisis in East Africa?

Tags: Climate Change, Conflict and War, Hunger

Oxfam is responding in four countries and urging more international assistance to help people facing severe hunger due to climate change, conflict, and economic shocks.

Five women and a young girl wearing colourful headscarves and long skirts stand by red wheelbarrows with yellow jerrycans waiting to collect water.

Extreme hunger has more than doubled in 10 of the world’s worst climate hotspots over past six years

Tags: Climate Change, Hunger

Less than 18 days of fossil fuel companies’ profits would cover the entire UN humanitarian appeal for 2022 Ten of the world’s worst climate hotspots – those with the highest…

The Greatest Challenge to Humanitarian Work: Funding

Tags: Climate Change, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high worldwide, but woeful underfunding hinders humanitarian action.

A group of dark-skinned women wearing head scarves and long dresses gather around an outdoor water distribution point. A female humanitarian worker wearing a grey vest with a green Oxfam logo fills jerry cans with water.

Two-weeks of food billionaires’ wealth enough to fully fund East Africa hunger crisis response

Tags: Hunger

Food inflation in some East African countries outstrips global average leaving millions hungry Food inflation in East African countries where tens of millions of people are caught in an alarming…

800% increase in UN appeal needs for extreme weather-related emergencies over last 20 years – new Oxfam research

Tags: Climate Change

The amount of money needed for UN humanitarian appeals involving extreme weather events like floods or drought is now eight times higher than 20 years ago – and donors are…

One person dying from hunger every 48 seconds in drought-ravaged East Africa as world fails warnings

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger

One person is likely dying of hunger every 48 seconds in drought-ravaged Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, according to estimates by Oxfam and Save the Children in a report published today…

4 Links Between the War in Ukraine and the Horn of Africa Hunger Crisis

Tags: Climate Change, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger

The economic impacts of the war in Ukraine – including unprecedented food and energy price inflation – are being felt by the most vulnerable in our deeply unequal world.

People are walking on a paved road, and two cars are parked in the distance. None of the people are facing the camera. Most of them seem to be women and children, wearing winter clothing and carrying bags. The main focus of the photograph is three people featured in the front centre, not facing the camera. A woman in blue jeans and a blue jean jacket carries a brown purse and two big reusable supermarket bags. Two boys wearing navy blue winter coats and winter boots are to her right. The shortest one holds both the woman’s hands and the taller boy’s hands.

Will global donors rise to the occasion and prevent starvation and death for millions in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya?

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

As donors convene in Geneva, over 50 NGOs and NGO networks call for an urgent and substantial step-up in funding and leadership to respond to the humanitarian catastrophe facing millions…

Oxfam reaction to the IPCC’s Working Group III report on climate change mitigation

Tags: Climate Change

Responding to the publication today of the IPCC’s Working Group III report on climate change mitigation, Oxfam’s Climate Policy Lead Nafkote Dabi said: “This IPCC report pulls no punches. The…

As many as 28 million people across East Africa at risk of extreme hunger if rains fail again

Tags: Climate Change, Conflict and War, Hunger

Global food and commodity prices spiking in reaction to Ukraine crisis set to worsen hunger for 21 million people already today in severe food insecurity As many as 28 million…

Climate, Conflict and COVID-19 Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Tags: Climate Change, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Water

Countries in the Horn of Africa are enduring severe hunger, with near-famine conditions in some areas, due to conflict, climate-induced weather shocks (flooding in some countries, drought in others) and…

A man with dark skin and brown eyes stands in the centre of a large herd of thin, ailing camels whose hip bones are protruding. The man, who is very thin himself, is looking at us directly and wears a plaid shirt, dark pants and prayer beads and carries a walking stick.

Parts of Somalia Hit by Severe, Climate-Fueled Drought

Tags: Climate Change, Hunger

Nearly 90 per cent of Somalia is in a severe drought resulting in 3.5 million people experiencing extreme hunger.

A young brown-skinned girl wearing a long, dark green skirt and a brown head scarf pushes a red wheelbarrow with a couple of yellow jerry cans across the desert. The landscape is dry and rocky, and the sky is cloudless and pale blue. In the left background of the image, there is a cluster of four small buildings.

Over 40 NGOs warn of a deepening humanitarian crisis in Somalia and urge donors to urgently fund the UN appeal

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger

7.7 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, as 98 per cent of Somalia’s humanitarian appeal remains severely underfunded Oxfam, together with over 40 NGOs representing the Somali…

Parts of Somalia hit by the driest season in 40 years as climate-fuelled drought worsens

Tags: Climate Change, Hunger, Water

Nearly 90 per cent of the country faces severe water shortages leaving 3.5 million people in extreme hunger Nearly 90 per cent of Somalia is now in a severe drought,…

Climate-fuelled La Niña in East Africa will drive millions into hunger: Oxfam

Tags: Climate Change, Hunger

Over 50 million people are in need of immediate food assistance in the Horn East and Central Africa, with numbers expected to rise significantly as the region braces for harsh, climate fuelled…

The Hunger Virus: 'Abysmally low' funding for 55 million people facing extreme hunger in 7 worst-affected countries

Tags: Hunger

The threat of “COVID-19 famines” and widespread extreme hunger is setting off every alarm bell within the international community, but so far sluggish funding is hampering humanitarian agencies’ efforts to…

New swarms of locusts threaten to increase hunger in East Africa reeling from floods and COVID-19: Oxfam

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger

Flooding and COVID-19 restrictions create perfect conditions for locusts to multiply Oxfam warned today that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the…

Innovation meets expertise: Oxfam’s clean water projects around the world

Oxfam's water engineers provide large-scale water supplies and disease-preventing sanitation facilities to millions of vulnerable people around the world.

Locusts swarm into northern Uganda as Oxfam looks toward a $5m humanitarian response across region

Tags: Climate Change, Emergency Response

Locust infestations have just hit two new districts in northern Uganda as they continue to plague Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and threaten Sudan and South Sudan. There are also reports…

How everyday items celebrate solidarity and our shared humanity

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement

In November 2019, Oxfam Canada travelled to five Canadian cities to help present our award-winning exhibit Museum Without a Home.

Laila fleeing conflict with her family

Climate change driving drought crisis in Horn of Africa

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Hunger

People in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, like many others in Kenya and Somalia, are now enduring near-constant severe drought. Despite bearing no responsibility for the factors driving climate change,…

International complacency puts lives at risk as drought hits Horn of Africa: Oxfam

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger, Natural Disasters, Water

More than 15 million people are in need of aid as drought hits parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia again.  Yet lessons from the devastating droughts of 2011 and 2017…

Rise in hunger an appalling relapse

For the first time in more than a decade, the United Nations reported a sharp increase in hunger around the world. Reacting to the news, Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie…

Promoting women’s dignity and empowerment in humanitarian response

Tags: Hunger, Water

As I leaned over, I felt a tug on my headscarf, which led me to believe that I was stuck. Very stuck. At that very moment, my long dress was equally…


As world faces unprecedented famine threat, G7 should pay up and push for peace

Deadly famine is already affecting 100,000 people in parts of South Sudan and threatens to extend to Yemen, Somalia and northeast Nigeria. Widespread famine across all four countries is not…

Drought in East Africa: “If the rains do not come, none of us will survive”

Tags: Emergency Response, Natural Disasters

A large double-decker truck is quickly making its way towards Garadag from Fadigaab, in the south of Somaliland. It is carrying nine families and what is left of their herds:…


Emergency Food Crisis

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger

This fund will support Canadian and international organizations currently hard at work helping those in need in the affected countries and neighbouring regions. Understand how this fund works. This is…


Threat of four famines in 2017 “a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity”

The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable…

War, peace and women's long journey for justice in Somalia

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Women's Transformative Leadership

Somalia hasn’t been in the news much in the past couple of years – which is largely good news – but just because there aren’t headlines doesn’t mean there isn’t…

Somalia women; women peace and security