Horn of Africa Crisis
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.
- 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.
The Horn of Africa encompasses Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Kenya. It’s one of the most food insecure regions in the world, characterised by frequent droughts and conflict. Concern about the impact of drought in the region escalated in June, when the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, FEWSNET, reported that this year was among the driest since 1950.
BOSSASO – In a courtyard at the GDA centre in the port town of Bossaso, women ululate and sing as they pull brilliant pieces of cloth out of a boiling cauldron, then rinse them and hang them on...
DOLOW - Ali Sharif beams with pride as he works on his farm in Surguduud, along the river Dawo on the outskirts of Dolow town in the Gedo region of southwestern Somalia. Ali is chairman of a...
DONGOROYO – When Asha Adan heard that WFP would be distributing food to cyclone survivors in Dongoroyo in Somalia’s Puntland region, she lost no time in making her way to the town....
Hargeisa - “Aqoon la aq’aan waa iftiin la aane” ("To be without knowledge is to be without light") is a popular Somali proverb. But for many young people in this...
Dadaab – Fartun Abdi squats in front of the mound of red tomatoes in one of Dadaab’s busy markets and expertly selects a few of the best-looking fruits. She hands them to the trader, who...
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Horn of Africa Crisis in the Media
- allAfrica - 4 February 2013
- PBS NewsHour - 31 October 2011
- BBC - 31 October 2011
- Sporting News.com - 13 October 2011
- Windsor Star - 13 October 2011