Millions of people in West Africa face a severe food crisis
Urgent news: The New Zealand government has announced it will match all donations up to $97,000. This means every dollar you donate will be doubled to help stop people suffering in the Sahel.
Erratic rains, poor harvests, lack of pasture and increased food prices could see millions go hungry if we don’t act now. One million children are at risk of acute malnutrition.
West Africa last experienced a major food crisis in 2010, in which ten million people were affected. They've barely recovered and they are vulnerable. Once again they face serious food shortages and insecurity. People are so hungry that they have been forced to dig up anthills to recover grains that ants have stored.
Just $36 can help prepare people in West Africa for the coming crisis.
Early warning systems show that families in Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and The Gambia need your help. The crisis is escalating.
Waiting is not an option. We must act now.
You can help us respond by donating today.
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