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Perfect storm of world issues is pushing vulnerable into crisis

POSTED June 7, 2022

Perfect storm of world issues is pushing vulnerable into crisis

Learn more about the global challenges impacting our programs

By Brianne Binelli, digital and content services manager, Canada

Boy squats, smiling on dry land, showing how drought can push vulnerable into crisis

Conflict, climate shock and rising costs are pushing the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa — including in Ethiopia, where Children Believe has programs — into crisis. 

“We are deeply concerned about the combined impacts of overlapping crises jeopardizing people’s ability to produce and access foods, pushing millions more into extreme levels of acute food insecurity,” QU Dongyu, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, is quoted as saying by the United Nations News.

He adds: “We are in a race against time to help farmers in the most affected countries, including by rapidly increasing potential food production and boosting their resilience in the face of challenges.”

This comes as the worst drought in 40 years, as reported by Devex, gripped the Horn of Africa, destroying crops and killing livestock. It’s complicated by the soaring cost of fuel, fertilizer and food, pushing many into malnutrition.

At Children Believe, we monitor the needs of children and families in our program areas closely, ensuring their basic needs for clean water and food are met.

We’re also continuing to help support communities so they’re prepared to respond, recover and rebuild when emergencies strike. In Ethiopia, we provide strategies to reduce food insecurity, such as teaching drip irrigation or building savings-and-loans groups to help secure capital so families can build sustainable businesses.

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