Today, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines.
Twenty million people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan – where famine has already been declared – Somalia, Yemen and Northern Nigeria.
What is famine?
Famine threat on the map
What are the main causes of famine?
What is Oxfam doing?
Oxfam is working in South Sudan, Lake Chad Basin, across the Horn of Africa and in Yemen to provide life-saving support to those most in need of help. Our response so far has included:
- Providing emergency food and nutrition support, as well as essentials as cooking equipment and buckets.
- Giving people access to safe, clean water by trucking in water, setting up water storage points and rehabilitating boreholes.
- Distributing cash and vouchers for seeds, tools and livestock care.
- Improving sanitation through the construction of bathing facilities and repair of toilets to prevent the spread of disease.
- Providing vouchers for canoes in South Sudan so people can travel across the swamps to access food.
- Supporting women who have suffered from sexual violence and exploitation.