Project #8950

Fight Famine in the Horn of Africa

by World Food Program USA
Jan 23, 2012

The Situation


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.

  • The rains have started in the Horn but several consecutive seasons of drought have left millions of people requiring food assistance until the next harvest comes in.
  • WFP is providing food assistance for 7.8 million people in five countries and is working towards reaching a target figure of 10.9 million with food.
  • WFP is moving life-saving food and nutritional products by sea, air and road into Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia to address hunger among the most vulnerable.
  • WFP is providing highly fortified supplementary food products for children to prevent malnutrition in the first two years of life (when it can lead to irreversible damage to children’s minds and bodies.)
  • In Somalia, WFP is focusing its efforts on distributing food to as many people as it can reach in areas which it has access. We will scale up to meet the urgent food needs of some 1.5 million people in those regions.
  • In Ethiopia WFP is currently reaching 3.8 million people with emergency food assistance. Taking into account its other programmes, WFP will feed 7.1 million people in 2011.
  • In Kenya, Where 3.75 million people are affected by drought, WFP is reaching nearly 2 million people with emergency food aid – this includes over half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps.
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    Organization Information

    World Food Program USA

    Location: Washington, DC - USA
    Website: http:/​/​
    World Food Program USA
    Project Leader:
    Erin Wiegert
    Washington, DC United States

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