Over 15 Million people Are at Risk of Losing their Livelihoods Due to the Severe Drought in the Horn of Africa

Of the 15 million people at risk, 8 million are in need of emergency food aid and supplies, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The predominately pastoral and agro-pastoral communities are being forced to travel vast distances to find grazing for their animals. Reduced agricultural production has led to a dramatic increase in the price of food commodities, particularly cereals. FAO is seeking $23 million from donors for emergency-related agricultural activities in Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Kenya.

The recent arrival rainfall in most parts of the affected areas has eased the situation somewhat, but it will take years for some of the livestock herds and flocks to recover to levels that can provide their owners with a sustainable livelihood. Vulnerable communities, already suffering from years of drought and erratic and below normal rainfall patterns, will need continuing support and development assistance during these crucial years.

Related Links:

“15 Million People Threatened by Severe Drought in Horn of Africa—UN Agency,” UN News Service, 26 April 2006.
Link: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=18252&Cr=Horn&Cr1=Africa, and
FAO Newsroom, “Persistent food insecurity and livelihood crisis in the Horn of Africa,” 26 April 2006, http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000284/index.html.