Preparing for Difficult Times
Hunger and malnutrition are often caused by natural disasters and conflict or a combination of the two. Prolonged drought may destroy crops and cause food prices to skyrocket, or violent conflict may force people to flee their homes and livelihoods.
At times like these, so many forces come together at once that countries and regions become gripped in a major food crises. In 2012, people across the Sahel region of Africa endured a food crisis that affected 18.7 million. Today, more than 20 million people are to be affected by the droughts and floods caused by El Niño.
During the Sahel and Horn of Africa emergencies, DCTF was there to help, providing lifesaving food, nutrition, and medical care for malnourished people, especially children. We are still there, helping communities in these regions recover from crisis and improving their resilience to mitigate and cope with future emergencies.
In our programs all over the world, we work to prevent disasters and food crises through promoting environmental sustainability and empowering people economically so that they are better prepared for difficult times.