Project information

East African Food Crisis Response

Plan is responding to the humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people across East Africa.

6 months

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  • Need


    The scale of the crisis is huge: severe drought is threatening the lives of over 10 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. Crops have failed and cattle have died, and millions of poor families have been left with very little to survive on. In South Sudan conflict has disrupted food supplies. In all cases children are the most vulnerable.


    Plan has staff on the ground and we are able to make a vital difference right now. We are responding most strongly in Ethiopia, where an estimated 3.2 million people need emergency food and non-food assistance. We will focus in the Oromia, SNNP, Amhara and Addis Ababa regions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Emergency food aid for the most vulnerable


    » Plan will provide supplementary and therapeutic feeding for 50,000 children under five and 75,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

    Success will be a reduction in severe malnutrition and ulitmately saving lives.

    Aim 2

    Support to keep children safe and healthy in schools


    » Plan will provide school meals as well as clean water supplies and sanitation facilities for 75,000 pupils.

    Success will be giving children a clean and hygenic environment where they can continue their education, minimising the impact of the crisis on their development and wellbeing.

    Aim 3

    Keeping families healthy during the crisis


    » Plan will provide water, sanitation and hygiene support including the construction of new water sources and the provision of water treatment chemicals

    Success will be a reduction in water-related communicable disease and a permanent improvement in hygiene and sanitation for communties.

    Aim 4

    Helping families earn a living and provide food for themselves and their children


    » Plan will provide livelihoods recovery focusing on providing materials such as seeds and support to 20,000 vulnerable households.

    Success will be long-term recovery from the crisis, helping families look to the future and lead their own sustainable development.

  • Impact


    Plan already reaches over 700,000 people in Ethiopia with our long-term development work. Plan will respond to the urgent and immediate needs of communities during the crisis, while working with community members on sustainable projects which will help them life themselves out of poverty.


    Plan works closely with communities, local organisations and government authorities to monitor emergency response work and ensure that our work is secure, appropriate and fit for purpose.


    Plan will be sharing breaking news and updates through our website. If you have any specific questions about our response to the crisis, please call our Supporter Relations team on 0300 777 9777.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
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  • Background


    Plan operates is three of the affected countries, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, and will be responding most strongly in Ethiopia, where we have been working with children and their families on community-led projects since 1995. Even with substantial economic growth , poverty in Ethiopia remains widespread. Life expectancy at birth is just 56 years, and one in ten children will die before the age of five. An ongoing border dispute with Eritrea also threatens Ethiopia’s political stability.


    Plan aims to reach 50,000 children and 75,000 mothers with emergency feeding, and 75,000 pupils with support and meals at school. We will also provide livelihoods support to 20,000 vulnerable households.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Plan’s disaster risk management work promotes an innovative and effective humanitarian approach to tackling the escalation of disasters affecting today’s children, their families and future generations. Last year Plan carried out disaster response and recovery work in 22 countries and this month Plan became a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

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