Global Hunger Crisis Appeal

Right now, 345 million people around the world are facing acute food insecurity.


Among the hardest hit are 22 million people in the Horn of Africa — Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The worst drought in over 40 years, combined with grain shortages from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, has resulted in a growing humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes.

The land is bone dry. Livestock are dying. Crops are failing.

In Somalia alone, 1 in 3 children are malnourished, while parents are being forced to skip meals — often for days at a time — so their children can eat.

Life is hard. We have not eaten for four days. We eat wild fruits from palm trees. This is what we survive on, but it cannot save us.
Ekapolon Ngasike, Kenya

How your support will help

Donations to the Global Hunger Crisis Appeal will help provide emergency assistance for people around the globe who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity.

Today, all donations to the Global Hunger Crisis Appeal will support our response in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

That support may include:

  • Humanitarian assistance to people experiencing hunger and food insecurity. This assistance will be delivered by Red Cross and Red Crescent partners on the ground, through IFRC or ICRC Appeals, and may include activities such as food, health, water and sanitation, cash and voucher assistance as well as protection initiatives.
  • Specialist aid workers to assist local teams to respond to the crisis
  • Program support and monitoring and evaluation costs of the assistance provided on the ground

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas, or if there are circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, excess funds will be directed to our work in international crises.

Special report from the Hunger Crisis in Africa. Video: Icelandic Red Cross.

You have the power to make a difference

Food crises in the Horn of Africa are not new, but today, these countries are heading for catastrophe.

Some 22 million people in the Horn of Africa are in the clutches of starvation. If the international community wants to be serious about saving lives, we must have collective mobilisation and action – both in the immediate and long-term.

Francesco Rocca, President of the IFRC

And the problem is getting worse every day. We urgently need your support to get help into the hands of local people who live with the anxiety of not knowing where their next meal will come from.

The scale of the problem can feel overwhelming, but small local actions can drive big change in the face of a global crisis.

We are responding to the call

Through the Global Hunger Crisis Appeal, Australian Red Cross is supporting efforts to respond to this growing emergency. We have the skills and expertise to connect people with the food and resources they need — and our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are already on the ground.

Here’s what your donation can do

$18 could provide a family of 6 with a bag of animal feed to help keep their livestock alive

$36 could buy vaccines to treat 3 animals to help keep them healthy for food consumption

$125 could help provide a month's worth of cash to support a family of 6 people facing extreme hunger, to help buy food or pay for health care

$385 could help buy 4 goats for a family that are facing extreme hunger (this can provide a source of income for the family as well as milk for their young children)

About the Global Hunger Crisis Appeal

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and other Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners are responding to existing and emerging humanitarian needs.

This year, the ICRC has distributed cash to more than 150,000 households, helping nearly 1 million people in south and central Somalia buy a month’s worth of food. The ICRC works to strengthen resilience through seeds, tools and livestock care so that residents can better absorb recurrent shocks. And its medical professionals are running stabilisation centres in places like Somalia where kids are getting specialised nutrition care.

The IFRC and its membership have teams delivering aid in hard-to-reach communities in nearly every corner of the globe. To date, staff and volunteers from Somali Red Crescent, Ethiopian Red Cross and Kenya Red Cross have collectively reached more than 704,000 people affected by the drought, connecting them with health care and cash assistance, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Yes, you can — in fact, we really need your help. Your financial support can save lives during the worst hunger crisis to impact the Horn of Africa in decades.

Donate online or call 1800 733 276.

Australian Red Cross Global Hunger Crisis Appeal supports people experiencing hunger around the world. Donations from Australian supporters are sent to countries with the most urgent needs. Currently, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa are the focus of this global appeal.

That support may include:

  • Humanitarian assistance to people experiencing hunger and food insecurity. This assistance will be delivered by Red Cross and Red Crescent partners on the ground, through IFRC or ICRC Appeals, and may include activities such as food, health, water and sanitation, cash and voucher assistance as well as protection initiatives.
  • Specialist aid workers to assist local teams to respond to the crisis
  • Program support and monitoring and evaluation costs of the assistance provided on the ground.
Yes, donations over $2 to the Global Hunger Crisis Appeal are tax-deductible in Australia. We’ll email you a receipt in your name when you donate online.
Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10 per cent of money raised to cover essential support costs such as receipting donations, IT costs, costs to send the money overseas and overheads. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

We understand donors’ desire to help in any way they can. However, we cannot accept in-kind donations for food, clothes, medical equipment or other items as we can’t distribute these donations overseas.

Donated goods can clog ports and post offices, preventing the delivery of essential medical and relief supplies, and they’re not always what people need. Instead, cash donations help people make dignified choices that are right for them.

You can read more about the challenges of in-kind donations at DonateResponsibly.org.

Yes, you can — in fact, we really need your help. Your financial support can save lives during the worst food crisis to impact the Horn of Africa in decades.

If you’re not sure how to get started, our fundraising toolkit is full of tips and ideas.

Visit Fundraise for Red Cross to find out more »

Only when they’re requested by our colleagues overseas. Red Cross societies in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are part of their local communities and have the skills, experience and relationships to reach people in need.

Here in Australia, we’ve got a great roster of health, water and sanitation, logistics, shelter and communications specialists, but we only put them on a plane if our local colleagues ask for extra support.

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