We need to act now if we are to avoid another famine

In February famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. The UN warns that 20 million people in Africa are at risk of dying of starvation in 2017.

This crisis is caused by a toxic combination of conflicts and long periods of drought. The most affected countries are Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria, but also other countries are hit hard by drought.
Another cause of the crisis is the failure of the international community. A famine does not suddenly appear out of nowhere. For months the UN and the humanitarian organizations have asked for more money to alleviate the worst consequences of the drought but the response from the international community has been slow and half-hearted.

What we do

DanChurchAid has been working for a long time in order to strengthen people’s resistance and ability to cope with the drought. A rapid response is essential in order to prevent further crises and conflicts.

When ponds dry up the pastoralists start migrating with their herds. When people migrate their children drop out of school and they will not plant for the next rainy season. Migration often creates conflicts between settled farmers and other pastoralists.

Experience shows that rapid response is cheaper and more effective than providing emergency aid once the cattle has died, people have sold all their possessions and are on the brink of death.


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What we do in South Sudan
• distribute cash relief to internally displaced persons so that they can buy food where the local markets are still functioning
• distribute nets to families who have lost their fishing equipment while fleeing from war. This gives the possibility to feed themselves
• distribute seeds and simple farming tools so families can grow crops in the upcoming rainy season
• working with local communities in conflict-affected areas to find peaceful solutions to conflicts
• clear the abandoned ammunition and teach the people of the dangers of abandoned ammunition in conflict-affected areas


© Kaspar Wenstrup

What we do in Ethiopia
• establish new water tanks in schools to ensure clean drinking water
• treat existing water tanks and water tanks, which supply about 30,000 people with water purification agents to prevent epidemics among animals and humans
• provide animal food and medicine to the area's best breeding animals, so people can get faster on their feet again when the rain comes again
• distribute cash relief to vulnerable families so they can buy food.



What we do in Somalia
• supply about 60,000 people with clean drinking water through tank trucks
• provide cash relief to people who have been displaced from their homes by the drought so they can buy food
• drill wells with solar pumps
• renovate and improve existing ponds
• pay people to dig latrines and water collecting basins that can collect rainwater when – once again – the rain will come
• prevent outbreaks of cholera and diarrhea by distributing cleaning supplies at key points


© Yilmaz Polat

What we do in Uganda
• support some of the 1.5 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda's major refugee settlements
• construct cabins for the most vulnerable refugees
• distribute cash relief per SMS to pregnant and lactating women
• distribute seeds and teach how to establish vegetable gardens
• offer basic vocational training as hairdresser, carpenter, tailor, etc.


© Katja Levin

What we do in Kenya
• Install, repair and maintain water drilling holes and pumps
• Distribute seeds, vegetable seeds and small irrigation systems, so people are ready to plant when the rain comes
• Support vaccination of cattle
• teach refugees how to use special sacks as vertical gardens which use less water and space than traditional gardens
• Help poor fishermen with new fishing nets, new ways of processing fish and finding new markets for their dried fish