Two girls herding goats, Somalia. Livestock farmers are suffering from increasing prices of staple foods and low market prices for livestock, because of a flood of weakened sheep, goats and cows onto local markets.<br/>Photo: ©FAO/Simon Maina
Two girls herding goats, Somalia. Livestock farmers are suffering from increasing prices of staple foods and low market prices for livestock, because of a flood of weakened sheep, goats and cows onto local markets.
Photo: ©FAO/Simon Maina

11.01.2017

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With continued drought, the Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season, FAO warned at the end of 2016. Nearly 12 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of food assistance. Agricultural support is critical now to protect livestock and equip families to plant in the rainy season.

Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local
livelihoods in the coming months warned the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Na-tions (FAO) in December 2016.

Farming families are struggling with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region last year. Growing numbers of refugees in East Africa, meanwhile, are expected to bring an even higher burden to already strained food and nutrition security.

Currently, close to 12 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of food assis-tance, as families in the region face limited access to food and income, together with rising debt, low cereal and seed stocks, and low milk and meat production. Terms of trade are particularly bad for livestock farmers, as food prices are increasing while at the same time market prices for live-stock are low.

Farmers in the region need urgent support to recover from consecutive lost harvests and to keep their breeding livestock healthy and productive at a time when pastures are the driest in years.

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