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"Amidst the significant challenges we face, children and their families are confronting a complex web of four humanitarian emergencies, each compounding the next. A global food crisis, fueled by record rates of inflation, persistent conflicts, and escalating climate disasters, has only exacerbated the ongoing and unequal recovery from the pandemic. The result: nearly one in three people are facing hunger worldwide. While these problems are large and complex, we know that the solution – food security – is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and unlocking lasting societal change for children. That’s why food always comes first. By addressing the root causes of food insecurity and hunger, children and their families can have food on the table now and sustainable local food systems that feed and nourish them for generations to come. The world is in the grip of the most devastating hunger crisis ever seen. In just two years, the number of people facing, or at risk of, acute food insecurity has more than doubled from 2021. Today, 828 million people are struggling to put food on the table and are being driven closer to starvation in a storm of staggering proportions. We urgently need to rise to the challenge of meeting people's immediate food needs while supporting programs that build long-term resilience. With you by our side, we are a trusted partner to 271,073 people in 133 high-need communities in 5 countries around the world — delivering everything from nourishing meals to long-term sustainable programming designed to support children and their families in even the most difficult circumstances.There are 4 Global Crises Driving Food Insecurity. 1. The Pandemic. Hundreds of millions of people were already suffering from hunger and malnutrition before COVID-19 hit. Small-scale farmers faced challenges with planting and harvesting due to labour shortages and restricted markets. Meanwhile, school closures disrupted crucial school feeding programs, leaving children without reliable meals. Seven million more children are currently at risk of severe malnutrition than before the pandemic began. The effects of the pandemic combined with an unequal recovery, inflation, climate change, disrupted food chains and the emerging global recession could severely disrupt the functioning of food systems – even more so for those who are already facing acute food insecurity. Since 2020, only with your support have we been able to: Deliver urgent food assistance to more than 7,300 children and their families. Foster sustainable food practices in Indigenous communities who were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Support international communities with education and training programs to increase crop production and develop thriving small farming businesses.While the recovery from COVID-19 may take years, we know that with you by our side, we can effectively and efficiently build equitable recovery systems around the world. 2. Inflation. Access to affordable, healthy food is difficult for Indigenous communities because of their remote locations, limited transportation infrastructure, and higher delivery costs. Additionally, mainstream food supply systems fail to provide culturally appropriate food. Inflation and rising food prices have only compounded this issue, making food nearly four times more unaffordable. Today, 52% of Indigenous families are struggling to put food on the table – forcing families to make impossible choices about their most basic needs. This isn’t just in Canada. Globally, over 3.1 billion people are unable to afford a healthy diet due to rising prices. Some of the regions facing the highest food prices include Ethiopia and Ghana, CFTC-supported areas. That’s why a key component of our programming is providing school meals. In the face of rising prices, these programs provide a reliable source of nutritious meals for students, easing the financial burden on families. With your support, we are funding breakfast, lunch, and snack programs in communities around the world, including 30 Indigenous communities across"