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Saka Junction, Garissa, Kenya - A woman stands near her goats. The combined effects of crop and pasture losses caused by desert locust, the impacts of COVID-19, and consecutive below-average rainy seasons have placed communities in the arid and semi-arid lands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia at risk of severe food insecurity and loss of livelihood. ©FAO/Patrick Meinhardt

Horn of Africa: “We want to prevent as many people as possible from having to rely solely on food assistance”


Interview with Carla Mucavi, FAO Representative in Kenya.

Carla Mucavi, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s Representative in Kenya, stresses the need to urgently scale up efforts to improve the resilience of rural and pastoral communities in the Horn of Africa region where the impact of shocks, including severe drought, will continue to be felt into 2022.

The Horn of Africa has historically been vulnerable to climate shocks and insecurity. What is the situation like now?

There are currently around four cumulative shocks that are triggering fragility in the Horn of Africa. Conflict, below-average rainfall for the third season in a row, then of course the economic impacts of COVID-19 and other macroeconomic challenges – we’ve seen prices spiking in the region, and the desert locust crisis that has been an aggravating factor.

Human-induced conflict is particularly exacerbated in Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan with people forced to leave their homes. This is a recurring and growing threat in the region.

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