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Kenya | Mission to raise awareness on the drought in the Horn of Africa and see FAO’s vital response in action

Feb 2022

An extended, multi-season drought is driving acute food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, with 12 to 14 million people now at risk as crops continue to wither and animals weaken, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners have warned.

Resource-based conflicts are escalating as competition for water and pasturelands increases, and malnutrition rates are rising in affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, highlighting the need to sustain the rural livelihoods that underpin peace and food security across the Horn.  

The food security outlook in the region will be highly dependent on the performance of the upcoming rainy season, with forecasts currently uncertain.   

In a worst-case scenario in which the rains completely fail and agricultural-dependent communities do not receive adequate support, the number of highly food insecure people could climb to 15-20 million – with some worst-affected households facing “catastrophic” hunger conditions.   

FAO’s  new  Horn of Africa Drought Response Plan calls fo r USD 130 million to help rural communities withstand  the multiple impacts of drought on agricultural  productivity, rural  livelihoods  and food security  during 2022.

This photo gallery showcases FAO’s Deputy Director-General, Beth Bechdol; Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, David Phiri; and Director of Emergencies and Resilience, Rein Paulsen's visit to Kenya to raise awareness on the drought and see FAO’s vital response in action, including in Isiolo and Marsabit counties in the north.

Author: FAO

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