Right now, the Horn of Africa- Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti- is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years. On Wednesday, July 20th the UN formally declared a famine in Somalia- its first in nearly 20 years. In response to the crisis, the international community is ramping up efforts to provide immediate relief to the region in hopes of saving lives and preventing mass migration, while also continuing to provide longer-term agricultural development assistance to targeted areas. The community's strategic response plans are in place and being partially implemented - however, donors have provided only half of the funding needed.
The food crisis in the Horn of Africa tragically portrays the impacts of drought and conflict, but it also brings to the fore the effects of neglecting agriculture and local food systems: increased vulnerability to shocks for 13.3 million people. Yet the food crisis also highlights the positive impacts of smart investments in agriculture. Where smart investments have been made, farmers and pastoralists have proved resilient to the crisis. Tigray, Ethiopia was the epicentre of the 1984-85 famine that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
ONE has conducted an original analysis that assesses what the responsibility should be for each of the 24 members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in the response to the crisis in the Horn of Africa. It provides an assessment of their actual response to date (11 August 2011), and we also look at the contributions that have been made by non-traditional donors and regional partners. This is a short summary of that analysis and an explanation of how it was completed.
The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years. Nearly 11 million people, mostly nomadic pastoralists and farmers in south-central Somalia, north-eastern Kenya, and south-eastern Ethiopia, are severely lacking access to food. The crisis currently affects 4.5 million people in Ethiopia, 3.6 million people in Kenya, 80,000 in Djibouti, and almost 3 million in Somalia.
Last Friday in Copenhagen, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva and EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs together launched a €250 million initiative called ‘Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience’ (SHARE). ‘SHARE’ aims to break the vicious cycle of humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa and strengthen the population ... More
On February 3rd the famine in Somalia was declared over. “This is hardly a cause for celebration”. And I couldn’t agree more. If you think about it, the technical definition of famine is more than 2 people or 4 kids under 5 per 10,000 die each day from ... More
"Famine outcomes no longer exist in southern Somalia". These eight words, at the start of a dry assessment released on Friday by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit in Nairobi, can hardly be considered a cause for celebration. For the last four months, a part of the world had ... More
Mo Farah’s list of accolades is jaw dropping. Since arriving in the UK from war torn Somalia at the age of 8 he has risen through the ranks to become arguably the greatest long-distance runner in the history of UK athletics. He is currently 5,000m world champion, 10 ... More
Beyond being a season for being merry, this is also traditionally a season for giving. As we wind down the year, we at ONE in Africa are asking you to give a thought to the 13.3 million people in the Horn of Africa, who still face extreme hunger. If ... More
Right now, the Horn of Africa – Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti – is experiencing the worst food crisis in 60 years, with 13.3 million people in crisis and 250,000 people at imminent risk of starvation. Yet while drought may be an act of nature, famine is not.Last month ... More
As G20 leaders prepare to meet in Cannes, just 500 miles from the African coast, anti-poverty group ONE has urged them not to overlook the opportunity on their doorstep or to forget the ongoing food crisis in the Horn of Africa.
A group of prominent African artists, musicians, and business people have today called on world leaders to take urgent action to prevent further suffering and loss of life in the horn of Africa, ahead of a crucial UN summit in New York this Saturday. More