More than 19 million people, including 10 million children, are at risk of famine in 12 of the world’s most fragile countries.
A deadly mix of conflict, the economic impacts of COVID-19 and climate-related natural disasters are contributing to the crisis which means the number of people facing starvation and severe malnutrition in these countries has increased by 50 per cent in one year.
If the international community doesn't increase funding to meet urgent food needs in these and other fragile contexts, millions could die. Only around 29 per cent of the budget needed to prevent potential famine has been received so far.
Andrew Morley, World Vision International President and CEO said, "Children across the world face devastating hunger every single day. The signs are clear to see. A number of countries are at risk of being plunged into famine situations. We need funds to support children across the world – and we need them right now."
Countries that were dealing with crises such as conflict before the COVID-19 pandemic are at the greatest risk of famine.
An estimated 5.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country mired in conflict for decades, are now at risk of starvation. This represents a 77 per cent increase when compared to 2019.