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.
· Although average to above average rainfall is expected soon in the Horn, 3.76 million are considered food insecure in Ethiopia and 2.1 million are experiencing an acute food security crisis in Somalia. Crisis levels of food insecurity are requiring immediate food assistance.
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.
· 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.
· In Somalia, WFP is working to address both immediate food needs and build longer-term resilience of vulnerable people. Our operations reached 1.5 million vulnerable people in 2011, many of them women and children. With WFP’s help, access to water and markets has more than tripled in 2012.
· In Ethiopia, WFP covers the needs of 2.6 million through its Relief Programme while the remaining 800,000 people who are food insecure receive food assistance from the Joint Emergency Operation Programme. The School Meals program also feeds nearly 700,000 school children in Ethiopia. WFP plans to assist 6.5 million people spanning every region of Ethiopia in 2012.
· In Kenya, where 2.1 million people are food insecure, WFP is reaching nearly 2 million people with emergency food aid – this includes over half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps. WFP also aims to help 10,000 small-scale farmers by the end of 2013.
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