The drought is real. We are affected by it now.

Mako, Farmer, Ethiopia

Climate change is affecting millions of the world’s poorest people, right now

More frequent and extreme weather – such as storms and droughts – are destroying homes, and wrecking lives and livelihoods. What’s more, the world’s poorest people have done the least to cause it.

Over recent decades there’s been huge progress in the fight against poverty. But climate change is threatening to reverse this progress. In fact, Oxfam believes that the climate emergency is the biggest, most urgent threat to the fight against poverty.

It is an injustice that can and must be stopped.


Photo: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

In focus: Guatemala

Joanna won't forget seeing her child become sick with malnutrition, after drought ravaged her family's crops and took away their food.

Her daughter became so severely malnourished that her hair fell out. "She was really skinny," Joanna said. "Really skinny and losing all her hair."

This is the human cost of the climate emergency. Malnutrition continues to threaten lives - here and around the world - and we urgently need your help to be there when families like Joanna struggle to survive.

Photo: FAO/Sven Torfinn

In focus: Locusts

Locust infestations have hit Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and threaten Sudan and South Sudan. There are also reports of the swarms in Tanzania.

Climate experts have pointed at unusually heavy rains as a major factor in creating the crisis. The locust swarms are devastating pastures and grasslands and could ruin new food crops from the March-to-July growing season.

"We depend on livestock and if there is no food for our livestock, life will be difficult for us, we ask for help urgently," says Mohammed Hassan Abdille, a farmer from Bura Dhima in Tana River, Kenya.

Photo: April Bulanadi/Oxfam

In focus: in Ethiopia

"We have been affected by severe drought," says Mako, a farmer in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia has long been exposed to harsh effects of climate change.

"During the rainy season it is a good life, but during drought it is not a good life. We walk for two hours to get water. We lost all our cows due to drought."

You can help Oxfam in our work to help farmers like Mako diversify their sources of income and grow crops that are more resistant to droughts.

Photo: April Bulanadi/Oxfam

In focus: Typhoon Phanfone

Cristy Espina's family is one of those affected by Typhoon Phanfone that struck a coastal village in Eastern Samar. Her house was washed out by the storm surge as it is located near the sea.

Cristy is a single mother to her seven children. Now, she and her children are staying with her sister’s family in a small makeshift house, which was also damaged by the typhoon.

She said in tears, "I don’t know how we can recover everything that was destroyed. If only we could just leave and move to a safer place."


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