Hunger crisis: Protect girls now

The world is in the grip of the one of the most devastating hunger crises ever seen. And it’s making life for girls extremely difficult. When food is scarce in many places around the world, girls often eat less — and last.

Plan International is responding to this crisis by providing lifesaving relief for children and families, including food and water kits, school meals and treatment for malnutrition. Your gift of just $33 can feed four children in Kenya with a month’s worth of school meals.

Every 60 seconds, a child is being pushed into life-threatening malnutrition. There is no time to waste. Will you protect girls and their families from starvation?

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million people globally are facing hunger.
of the world’s hungry are girls and women.
countries are on the edge of famine.

A day in the life of the crisis: Meet Nasra

How far would you walk for water?

For 12-year-old Nasra in Kenya, it’s more than 14 miles. It’s a journey she makes every morning with other girls from her village who also share the burden of collecting water for their households. By the time she returns home, she’s either late for school or too tired and hungry to go.

“When I’m in school, I can barely concentrate because I am so tired and hungry,” Nasra says. “In school, we are given porridge at 10 o’clock, and rice and beans at lunch time. This is the only meal I will eat until the next day. There’s nothing to eat at home, so we just have black tea for dinner.”

Plan International responds to the hunger crisis by distributing food to families who need it.

Frequently asked questions

What’s causing food insecurity?


Globally, conflict is the biggest driver of hunger — it’s responsible for 65% of people facing food insecurity. Violence destroys livelihoods and forces families to flee their homes, leaving countless children facing hunger as they seek refuge.


Inflation and economic shocks have impacted access to food for millions of people. Steep rises in food prices are creating immense strain on household budgets, with the poorest families hardest hit.

Countries across Africa are especially affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine supply around 40% of Africa’s wheat, but the war has halted exports, leaving countries like Somalia on the brink of famine.

[Read — What the war in Ukraine means for Africa]

COVID-19 also caused a sharp rise in poverty and inequality globally, with lockdowns devastating livelihoods. In many countries, pandemic restrictions meant a disruption to food supplies and a halt in school meal programs.


Increased natural disasters like hurricanes, cyclones, floods and droughts have destroyed countries’ crops and livestock. Right now in the Horn of Africa, the worst drought in 40 years is leaving parents without the resources to feed their families, and millions of children are facing severe malnutrition.

[Read — Photo story: Black tea for dinner]

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Hunger crisis humanitarian response

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Your gift supports Plan International’s response to the hunger crisis in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Somalia and South Sudan. With your help, we’re providing lifesaving relief to girls and their families, including food and water kits, school meals and treatment for malnutrition.