FAO Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol visiting Emergency Livestock Supplements distribution Center in Isiolo, Kenya. ©FAO/Luis Tato

Drought in the Horn of Africa: New analyses flag mounting risks need to support rural families


FAO senior officials visit affected areas in the rush to save lives and livelihoods.

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 warned today.   

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.  

At a briefing to international donors in Nairobi, FAO and its partners reported that the food security outlook in the region will be highly dependent on the performance of the upcoming rainy season, with forecasts currently uncertain.   

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