Drought may be an act of nature, but famine is not. The current crisis in the Horn of Africa is a man-made disaster that could have been avoided. But we don't have the necessary political will to stop the starving – and its causes. As a consequence, millions are affected and tens of thousands of children have died.
Communities in Africa can cope with droughts and natural disasters. But we need leaders to invest in early warning systems and safety net programmes to help people become resilient to these hazards. And we need donors to put resources toward better seeds, irrigation and sustainable farming education. By acting now, we can help 200 million people from poor farming families grow more food and raise their incomes.
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.
In the vast assembly room at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, overlooking one of the nation’s premier food banking facilities, Drexton Granberry joyfully came to the end of his speech. He and 25 others were graduating from Chicago’s Community Kitchens (CCK), a 14-week program that teaches culinary skills ... More
Francis Mamati was gobsmacked by what he heard.Why would they say that?, he wondered.Sitting under a shade tree in front of his little house in western Kenya, Francis had just been told that there are people who think African smallholder farmers are better off planting seeds saved from ... More
This weekend UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Bazil's Vice President Temer hosted global hunger event in London, with the aim of focusing the world's attention on combating hunger and malnutrition.On Friday, ONE members working with Concern Worldwide, UNICEF, Save the Children and Oxfam helped hand in ... More
Over the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed the large and exciting sporting event taking place in the UK. Athletes from all over the world have come together to compete in a spirit of peace and solidarity in the games.With the world’s eyes on London, we ... More
This post first appeared on the ONE Africa blogWhen ONE and ANSAF delivered a petition earlier this month on behalf of more 16,000 African citizens to Tanzania's State House, our message was received with the urgency it deserved.President Jakaya Kikwete had invited several African Ambassadors and the ... More
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
A group of smallholder farmers and ordinary African citizens marched to State House Tanzania today to deliver a petition signed by more than 16,000 Africans. The petition calls on African leaders to provide greater food security for ordinary Africans by investing more in support for smallholder farmers. Campaigners called on President Jakaya Kikwete to take the lead on investment in sustainable agriculture, setting an example for other African Leaders.More
Anti-poverty campaign group ONE has today welcomed Prime Minster David Cameron's recognition that investment in agriculture over the long-term is a key part of Somalia's return to strength and stability.