Ongoing global conflict and the subsequent global cost-of-living crisis is having a devastating impact globally. In the UK, we’re seeing record inflation but such inflation is life-threatening for communities who already struggle to pay for food. Climate change has caused continuous failed harvests which makes the soaring inflation rates hit even harder.
This ‘perfect storm’ of climate change, conflict and aftermath of Covid is having an impact on those who did little to contribute to its creation. Like others in our sector, we’re ringing the bell and calling for urgent ambitious action – not only to save lives now but to help build resilience against future shocks.
The countries we work in are some of the most affected by the global crisis. They include:
We are running our second programme in Ethiopia, one of the countries most affected by climate change having experienced five consecutive failed rainy seasons.
Since 2021, conflict in Benin has accelerated and when combined with a damaged economy from the pandemic and below average rainfall due to climate change, the country now faces the highest food insecurity levels since its records began.
We have two programmes in Liberia, a country that’s been hugely impacted by Covid and the global food crisis. The most obvious sign is the increase of acute malnutrition, which had dropped to 3% pre-Covid but has now risen to 7% for children under five.