El Nino has had a devastating impact on millions of people across East and Southern Africa. In some countries this has resulted in flooding, but in many the result has been severe drought.

A disaster has been declared in Southern Africa, and food security has significantly deteriorated in Malawi and Zambia. Prolonged droughts in Ethiopia are also causing severe food shortages.

As a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew is responding to the food crisis in Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. All donations from Canadians to World Renew's response to the El Nino Food Crisis are eligible for a 4:1 match from the Canadian government.



  • World Renew, working alongside Word Alive, is providing cash distributions to 1,000 households near Blantyre from October 2016 - April 2017. Families are also receiving maize seed and sweet potato vines to plant. These crops will be ready to harvest in April, when the cash distributions end. By giving cash, families are able to purchase their own food from the local market, allowing them to decide what food they need most. These crops will be ready to harvest in April, when the cash distributions end.


  • World Renew, in partnership with the United Church of Zambia, is providing food  (50kg maize flour, 5kg beans, 2.5 litres of oil and 500g of salt) to 4,500 households in the Mwandi district of south-western Zambia until April 2017.

  • In the past year, World Renew has also drilled six boreholes to provide year-round water for drinking and irrigation, and provided food to nine schools to help keep children enrolled. World Renew has also helped these schools build vegetable gardens to continue the school lunch program after this food assistance project ends.


  • World Renew has been responding in the Dugda region of central Ethiopia since January 2016, working through our local partner, Food for the Hungry, Ethiopia. Together, we are providing food to 41,043 individuals each month. The rations include 0.5 litres of vegetable oil, 15kg of maize, 1.5kg of pulses and 4.5kg of Famix (high protein food supplement) for 35% of the families who have young children. After a prolonged drought and crop failure, rains have returned to Ethiopia. With these rains, families are able to grow  crops again, meeting their own needs.

Read more in the World Renew Southern Africa country newsletter.