Today, girls, boys, women and men are currently living in famine-like conditions in Yemen, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Madagascar. Some 34 million people around the world are on the brink of famine and the slightest shock could tip them over the edge.
Humanitarian organizations are working around the clock to avert famine, but we urgently need resources, backed by political action, to halt the impending wave of suffering. The price of doing nothing in the face of these growing hunger needs will inevitably be measured in terms of lost lives.
A virtual high-level event to take stock of recent efforts to stop the advance of famine and famine-risk and give a clear direction of urgent actions the international community must take to address gaps in the current response to prevent further deterioration in the severity and scale of acute food insecurity.
The event is being co-organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Group of Friends on Action on Conflict and Hunger.