Photo courtesy Norwegian Refugee Council.

The “Four Famines” webinar on May 9, 2017, addressed famine and hunger crises in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. Hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the UPS Foundation, the webinar was moderated by CDP Vice President Regine A. Webster, and included speakers Joe Ruiz, Director of the UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief Program; Joel Charny, Director, Norwegian Refugee Council USA; Amanda Lanzarone, Associate Program Officer, Emergency Response, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Deborah Saidy, Vice President of Public Policy, World Food Program USA.

Watch the webinar recording and review key takeaways and resources below to learn more about recovery challenges and opportunities.

Key takeaways and CDP resources:

  • While these situations are considered “hunger” crises, water and sanitation are crucial needs. In Somalia, the lack of access to clean water means that cholera deaths are outpacing food-related deaths. Physically, a person also requires more water than food.
  • Conflict is the driving force behind three of the crises—only in Somalia is the food crisis a weather- or natural-causes related situation.
  • Panelists emphasized the urgent need for funding—especially flexible funding— that gives non-governmental organizations the support necessary for them to be on the ground negotiating access to areas with militant groups, caring for their staffs, and providing aid.
  • Please see our in-depth Africa and Middle East Food Crisis disaster profile.
  • Read the “How to Fund Food Crisis Before It’s Too Late” blog.