Locust crisis and severe hunger in East Africa

Locust crisis and severe hunger in East Africa

Millions of people in East & Central Africa are facing increased hunger and poverty as they brace for the latest generation of¬†locusts to hatch in June¬†‚Äď just when crops are due to be harvested.

Families are facing multiple concurrent crises with people already suffering due to severe food insecurity, flooding exacerbated by climate change, and the impact of coronavirus. Now they are facing another locust infestation that is feared to be 400 times larger than the swarms earlier this year.

33 million people already face severe food insecurity. If the infestation is not brought under control soon, millions more could face severe hunger.

We’re working to provide cash assistance to thousands of families so they can buy food. We’re also distributing soap, hygiene kits and clean water to hospitals and communities, as well as increasing public health awareness to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

By donating today you can support our life-saving work on the ground. Your donation will make an enormous difference to people facing crisis.

Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Oxfam Australia will direct donations to our International Crisis Fund to enable us to rapidly address emergencies as they occur.‚ÄĮ