People across Africa are facing extreme drought and need your help.

A prolonged drought from one of the most powerful El Nino events in recent history means almost 24 million people in Africa could need food assistance in the coming months.

24 million people in Africa could need food assistance in the coming months.

According to the World Food Programme, about 14 million people in southern African countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland will need food assistance this year.

In Ethiopia, the United Nations is predicting about 10 million people will require food assistance.

Already, people are facing food and water shortages. Crops are drying up, and soil is eroding. Livestock are dying off, and communities are already struggling. And almost 1 million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in eastern and southern Africa.

Our response

Canadian Foodgrains Bank has launched an appeal to help people in Africa affected by the drought.

Over $2 million has already been committed to providing relief assistance, but more help is urgently needed.

One example of the Foodgrains Bank response is through its member World Renew in Ethiopia, where emergency food rations of maize, beans, and oil are being provided for 41,000 people.

About 14,000 of these people are nursing and pregnant women and children under the age of five who are also being provided with Famix, a nutritious supplementary food.

What you can do

Donate: Help us provide food for people whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the drought. Click here to donate now. Check the box marked Africa Drought Response. Funds may also be used for countries affected by the El Nino crisis outside of Africa.

Pray: Pray for a return to regular weather patterns that will allow farmers to plant the food they and their communities need to survive. Click here to find prayers and other worship resources on our website.

Learn: Learn more about the drought happening in a number of countries across Africa. A good source of information is the drought page of the World Food Programme.

Photo at the top of this page: Jibo Bulbu  and his daughter Lome in Ethiopia. Jibo is a farmer who grows corn and sorghum. Typically he plants in March and harvests in October. But last year the rains did not come. He hopes rain will come this year. Photo credit: Philip Maher.