Hunger in Emergencies

El Niño

El Niño will have a severe impact on access to water and food security in several countries. Learn how CARE is responding.

Yemen in Crisis

Over 12 million people are going hungry as wheat and other staples are in increasingly short supply.

Preparing for Difficult Times

Hunger and malnutrition are often caused by natural disasters and conflict or a combination of the two. Prolonged drought may destroy crops and cause food prices to skyrocket, or violent conflict may force people to flee their homes and livelihoods.

At times like these, so many forces come together at once that countries and regions become gripped in a major food crises. In 2012, people across the Sahel region of Africa endured a food crisis that affected 18.7 million. Today, more than 20 million people are to be affected by the droughts and floods caused by El Niño.

During the Sahel and Horn of Africa emergencies, CARE was there to help, providing lifesaving food, nutrition, and medical care for malnourished people, especially children. We are still there, helping communities in these regions recover from crisis and improving their resilience to mitigate and cope with future emergencies.

In our programs all over the world, we work to prevent disasters and food crises through promoting environmental sustainability and empowering people economically so that they are better prepared for difficult times.



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Watch This!

Check out a few of our videos and learn how CARE is responding in emergencies.


Last year, we helped more than 2 million people with emergency food aid, cash-for-work opportunities or seeds.

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