A farmer in Kilifi county, Kenya, walking among the remaining herd of some 500-strong head of cattle now decimated to only 150 by a drought.
Photo: ©FAO/Tony Karumba

20.07.2017

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The third consecutive failed rainy season is going to worsen hunger in East Africa, FAO warns. Poor rains have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead.

FAO warned in mid-July against increasing famine in East Africa, where the alarming situation is turning into a crisis. Now, the alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) warns that the third consecutive failed rainy season has seriously eroded families' resili-ence, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required.

The most affected areas, which received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall, are central and southern Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, northern Tanzania and northeastern and southwestern Uganda.

The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased dramatically

The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in the five aforementioned countries, currently estimated at about 16 million, has increased by about 30 per cent since late 2016. In Somalia, almost half of the total population is food insecure. Timely humanitarian assistance has averted famine so far but must be sustained, according to FAO.

Conditions across the region are expected to further deteriorate in the coming months with the
onset of the dry season and an anticipated early start of the lean season, FAO warns.

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