Drought in the Horn of Africa, coupled with conflict in Somalia, has affected over13 million people. WFP is implementing food operations in five countries in the region (Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda). This page brings together a range of information on the hunger crisis in the Horn and WFP's response.
Crippling droughts that the Horn has experienced these past two years have put the region at risk for a prolonged humanitarian crisis well into next year.
UPDATE: CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
Fighting for food security in the midst of drought & conflict, WFP provides hope for millions.
As you know, a humanitarian crisis developed in the Horn of Africa throughout the latter half of 2011. A severe drought in the region, coupled with regional conflict, reached unprecedented proportions affecting more than 13 million people. Last year, WFP USA asked for your help and you responded.
Today, there is good news and bad news.
Thanks to you, 9.8 million people in the region have been reached with direct food assistance since WFP began emergency operations in July 2011. In some areas, food assistance requirements will be met through local purchases to stimulate local markets while ensuring critical nutritional support. This is happening in Ethiopia, where WFP assessments indicate a decline in the number of Ethiopians in need – from 3.5 million to 2.6 million.
You are making a difference in the Horn of Africa!
While seasonal rains have begun, several consecutive seasons of drought still leave millions of people requiring food assistance until the next harvest. Conflict in Somalia and South Sudan led many to flee their homes in search of safety and the critical support found in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. This influx of refugees places stress on the camps and WFP has committed to continuing food and micronutrient distributions throughout the summer.
At WFP USA, we know that battling hunger requires the participation of individuals, organizations, governments and the private sector. Together, we are building a stronger future for those in crisis.
Thank you for providing hope for children, families and communities in the Horn of Africa!
Dadij and Senite live in the Doba Region in Eastern Ethiopia, about 20 km apart from each other. The key difference between them is that Dadji has been taking part in a land rehabilitation project and Senite has not. This meant that their experience of this year's drought in the Horn of Africa was quite different.
How have you been affected by this year's drought?I didn’t have any problems at all this year and haven’t been affected by the drought. I started participating in the MERET project seven years ago. Back then I grew some maize and barley but it wasn’t enough, I was dependent on food aid. Some people brought me seedlings of apple trees and even though I was hesitant - I hadn’t seen apples before - I started planting them. By selling apples I can make a lot of money. We never used to buy new clothes. Now I can. And food too.
Are droughts in your area becoming more frequent?I don’t know; I am now growing ten different crops. Apart from the apples, I grow coffee, maize, peppers and many other things. We also worked a lot in the hills around the village, building terraces and dams. And we planted trees, so we have no food or water shortage.
Through Ethiopia's MERET project, which is supported by WFP, communities that are at risk of hunger take part in activities to stop land degradation. They reforest barren hillsides, restore springs and rainwater ponds and construct agricultural terraces. This helps make communities much more resilient to prolonged drought and other climate-related shocks
HORN OF AFRICA CRISIS:
Drought in the Horn of Africa, coupled with conflict in Somalia, has affected over 13 million people. WFP is implementing food operations in five countries in the region (Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda). This page brings together a range of information on the hunger crisis in the Horn and WFP's emergency response.
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