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FAO’s preparedness for and response to the drought in the Horn of Africa 2011
The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst food security crisis in the world today. Over 12 million people are in urgent need of life- and livelihood-saving assistance. In a matter of weeks, famine has spread across southern Somalia and has been declared in Lower Shabelle, Bakool, the agropastoral areas of Balcad and Cadale districts of Middle Shabelle, the Afgoye corridor internally displaced person (IDP) settlement and the Mogadishu IDP community. Populations in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya are also facing acute food and livelihood crises.
Efforts to overcome this crisis must focus on the people of the Horn of Africa and on their livelihoods. They and their national governments are on the frontline in responding to the drought and support must be provided to ensure that they are able to not only rebuild their livelihoods in the short term, but ensure that these livelihoods are sustainable and more resilient and diversified in the longer term.