Severe drought caused by one of the most powerful El Niño events in recent history is wreaking havoc on farmers and their families across Africa. Millions of people are affected and in urgent need of food assistance.

Part of our ongoing response to hunger in Africa includes providing food and nutrition support in South Sudan, where violent conflict has plunged parts of the fragile country into famine.

Across Africa, the food security situation is rapidly deteriorating, as low rainfall negatively impacts maize crops—a staple part of a standard diet in the area. The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that almost 60 million people globally have been affected by El Niño.

Responding to Drought in Africa

PWS&D has been supporting partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide emergency food rations and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable drought-affected populations in Ethiopia, Malawi and Somalia.

Food assistance recipients in Ethiopia. (Photo: Canadian Foodgrains Bank)

Ethiopia has seen below average rains for the third consecutive season, resulting in a staggering 8.5 million people in need of food aid.

With PWS&D support, emergency food assistance has strengthened the hearts and bodies of 15,227 people. There has been a particular focus on ensuring food rations for nursing and pregnant women and children under the age of five.

In Malawi, drought caused by El Niño exacerbated an already stressed food security situation for many rural households. With significant decreases in crop production, more than six million people are facing severe hunger.

PWS&D has been responding to bridge the hunger gap and prevent malnutrition among 3,469 drought-affected families.

In Somalia, a child is screened for malnutrition. Photo: Development and Peace

The crippling effects of drought in Somalia are made worse by militant violence and a lack of response from an unstable government. Over six million people—half the population—are facing serious food insecurity.

Our response has ensured 3,060 malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women receive nutrition assistance and 2,400 pregnant and nursing women and 250 TB patients receive nutrition supplements. Therapeutic food has been life saving—meeting nutritional needs and reducing vulnerability to disease outbreaks.


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Food Rations Give Hope in Ethiopia

With Relief and Joy, Families in Ethiopia Welcome Food Assistance



Respond with us!

You can make a donation to PWS&D’s drought response through your church, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online, or calling 1-800-619-7301 x291. For just $50, a family of five receives one month of food rations in Ethiopia. Please mark all donations “Africa Drought Response.”



To share this response and stories of impact with your congregation, download the Africa Drought Response bulletin insert:

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