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Donors Warned to Prepare for Global Food Crisis

Queens, New York. October 28, 2020. A large crowd of people wait in line outside an outdoor food pantry in Woodside organized by "Sunnyside Community Services"

June 8, 2022

Sparked by the war in Ukraine and general climate-related impacts on harvests, international organizations are sounding the alarm as war in Ukraine and climate change shocks fuel a global food crisis. A June 6, 2022 report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP, a grantee of a CAF America and our donors since 2015) warns that climate trends and conflict will exacerbate existing crises and put more people at risk of going hungry.

The report draws attention to the 750,000 vulnerable people who are currently at immediate risk of “starvation or death” in Ethiopia's Tigray region, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. But the impact the crisis will have on food prices threatens to drive millions more around the world into hunger and poverty.

Other countries of “very high concern” are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, and Syria. Meanwhile, the number of hunger hotspots is growing, with Sri Lanka, West African coastal countries, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe having been added since the January 2022 edition of the report.

CAF America urges all of our donors to consider strategies for supporting those impacted by this crisis. We are actively compiling lists of validated charity partners on the ground that are planning their relief efforts. Please speak with us about your strategy to ensure that we are including the vulnerable communities you wish to support.

How can you help combat food insecurity? Contact us for further information.

About the authors:

Jessie Krafft serves as the Senior Vice President of External Affairs. She is a leading expert in international grantmaking from the U.S. and Canada as well as in local country laws on foreign funding.

Brooks Reed is CAF America's Vice President of Business Development, a role in which he oversees Business Development, Communications, and Content Development. He is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) and certified in Anti-Money Laundering by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).



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