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Famine Action Letter

With 45 million people on the brink of famine, the Danish Refugee Council is joining NGOs calling on world leaders to take urgent action.

Dear world leaders,

It is over six months since the UN warned that famine risk is soaring globally. We – a group of 120 NGOs from around the world – are at a loss that since then the crisis has only worsened. There has been a 370% rise in people experiencing catastrophic levels of hunger since April and now a staggering 45 million people are at extreme risk – on the brink of famine. These numbers do not tell the whole story. Behind them are people suffering immensely from a crisis that we can prevent. What will it take for this situation to change?

The promises of the G7’s Famine Prevention Compact issued in May have not yet been met. It is clear that, since then, the situation has only deteriorated. Grand gestures do not fill empty stomachs. As the UN Secretary General has recently alerted, less than half the funding needed to stave off famine in six countries of highest concern (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Southern Madagascar, north-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen) has been received to date. Meanwhile, some Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) are less than 20% funded.

The number of people at risk, and associated costs, are escalating, rising from $6.6bn needed to support 41 million people at risk of famine a few months ago, to $7bn needed to feed the 45 million people at risk across 43 countries, now. As basic food needs go unmet, humanitarian crises are escalating. One in 33 people worldwide are now in need of humanitarian assistance and one in ten people has malnutrition. The gap between needs and humanitarian funding is stark in some of the most vulnerable regions.

Conflict, the climate crisis, economic shocks and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic are set to push more people into crisis level hunger and malnutrition in 2022. Conflict in particular is escalating globally, forcing families to flee their homes and lose their livelihoods. The hunger and malnutrition this is causing disproportionately affects women and girls putting them at increased risk of extreme hunger and gender-based violence.

In conflict settings, supporting peacebuilding and conflict prevention is also crucial. Further, it is time that political commitments made to uphold international law, safeguard people’s human rights and secure access to aid are acted upon. All parties to a conflict must facilitate humanitarian access, protect civilians and desist from using starvation as a method of warfare. Obstacles, such as sanctions and access denial, to humanitarian action are severely compounding a crisis that cannot be healed with money alone.

We have watched the number of people in need rise in 2021. We call on World Leaders to take the urgent action desperately needed now to reverse this trend in 2022.

 

 

Action Against Hunger

Global

CARE International

Global

Christian Aid

Global

Concern Worldwide

Global

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Global

International Medical Corps

Global

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Global

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Global

Mercy Corps

Global

Norwegian Refugee Council

Global

Oxfam International

Global

Plan International

Global

Save the Children

Global

World Vision International

Global

INTERSOS

Global

 

Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA)

Afghanistan

Qatar Red Crescent Society  Afghanistan -Office

Afghanistan

Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA)

Afghanistan

La Chaîne de l’Espoir

Afghanistan

Organization for Community Coordination and Development

Afghanistan

Organization for people’s Health in action (OPHA)

Afghanistan

Shuhada Organization

Afghanistan

Aid Vision

Country

Caritas Développement Kalemie-Kirungu

Democratic Republic of Congo

Action Commune pour le Développement ONG ACD

Democratic Republic of Congo

Action pour l’Encadrement des filles mères désœuvrées

Democratic Republic of Congo

ADRA

Democratic Republic of Congo

Amour et Avenir du Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

APPRONA (Appui aux Projets pour la Protection de la Nature)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Armee de Salut

Democratic Republic of Congo

Association des agriculteurs sans frontières

Democratic Republic of Congo

Association des Jeunes Cultivateurs et Eleveurs pour le développement au Kivu

Democratic Republic of Congo

AVSD

Democratic Republic of Congo

BUREAU OECUMENIQUE D’APPUI AU DEVELOPPEMENT “BOAD”

Democratic Republic of Congo

Bureau Œcuménique d’Appui au Développement “BOAD”

Democratic Republic of Congo

Caritas Développement Tshumbe

Democratic Republic of Congo

Caritas International Belgique

Democratic Republic of Congo

Carrefour des Agriculteurs, Pécheurs et Eleveurs “CAPE3

Democratic Republic of Congo

Centre d’encadrement des personnes imprimeess

Democratic Republic of Congo

Centre Oecuménique pour la Promotion du Monde Rural

Democratic Republic of Congo

Comité pour le Développement et Assistance Humanitaire (CODEVAH)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Consortium des Organisations Humanitaires Pour la Paix du Sud Kivu

Democratic Republic of Congo

Cooperative Tunngana

Democratic Republic of Congo

Coordination Nationale des Conviviums de Slow Food en RD Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

CS Savoir Vivre

Democratic Republic of Congo

Direction Hygiène et Salubrité Publique

Democratic Republic of Congo

Environnement Sans Frontières asbl

Democratic Republic of Congo

Espoir Plus

Democratic Republic of Congo

Food Security Cluster

Democratic Republic of Congo

Foyer de Lutte Contre la Malnutrition

Democratic Republic of Congo

Joseph NDAMBU

Democratic Republic of Congo

Lutte Nationalle Contre La Pauvrete (LUNACOP)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Paix et Développement de la Femme et de l’enfant

Democratic Republic of Congo

Prodecom  (projet de développement la communion fraternelle)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Regroupement des Acteurs pour le Développement de Base

Democratic Republic of Congo

Réseau d’Investissement pour le Développement Intégral (RIDI)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Solidarite Pour L’encadrement et Lutte Contre La Pauvrete

Democratic Republic of Congo

UADI ASBL

Democratic Republic of Congo

Union pour la Promotion/Protection, la Défense des Droits Humains et de l’Environnement-UPDDHE

Democratic Republic of Congo

Youth Engaged for Development and Social Progress

Democratic Republic of Congo

Youth for Development and Peace

Democratic Republic of Congo

Caritas Développement Uvira

Democratic Republic of Congo

ADSSE

Democratic Republic of Congo

UN OCHA Middle East and North Africa

Egypt

Finn Church Aid

Finland

Finnish Development NGOs – Fingo

Finland

Secours Islamique France

France

Solidarités International

France

ADRA Germany

Germany

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale

Italy

Jordan Health Aid Society International

Jordan

Jordan paramedic society

Jordan

ADRA SOMALIA

Kenya

Refugee Consortium of Kenya

Kenya

slessor

Kenya

Cesvi

Kenya/Somalia

Middle East Council of churches

Lebanon

Conseil des Agriculteurs, des Pécheurs et des Eleveurs “CAPE

Mbuji-Mayi/Kasaï Oriental

FHI 360

Nigeria

iMMAP

Nigeria

Jesuit Refugee Service

Nigeria

Norwegian Refugee Council

Nigeria

SOS Children’s Villages

Nigeria

Women for Women International

Nigeria

Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network

Occupied Palestinian Territory

New World Hope Organization (NWHO)

Pakistan

Society for Human Rights & Prisoners aid

Pakistan

Groupes des Jeunes pour le Developpement Communitaire

République Démocratique du Congo

ACtion In Semi Arid Lands ( ASAL)

Somalia

Actionaid international somaliland

Somalia

Development Action Network

Somalia

FCA Somalia Country Office

Somalia

Gargaar Relief and Development Organization (GREDO)

Somalia

Horn International Relief & Development Organization (HIRDO)

Somalia

Juba Foundation

Somalia

QRCS

Somalia

Shabelle Community Development Organization

Somalia

SOLO

Somalia

Somali NGO Consortium

Somalia

Sustainable Development & Peace-building Initiatives (SYPD)

Somalia

Trocaire

Somalia

Welthungerhilfe (WHH)

Somalia

World Concern Development Organisation

Somalia

Zamzam Foundation

Somalia

FAWE Somalia

Somalia

Humanitarian Translation for Somalia

Somalia and Kenya

Wasds

Somalia/Kenya

Mada Women Development SS

South Sudan

Al-Sham Humanitarian Foundation

Turkey

Hand in Hand for Aid and Development

Turkey

Horan Foundation

Turkey

Action For Humanity

UK

Hand in Hand for Aid and Development

UK

Church World Service

USA

ADO

Yemen

ADRA

Yemen

Bilding Foundation For Development

Yemen

Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF)

Yemen

Tamdeen Youth Foundation

Yemen

ZOA

Yemen