A joint statement from experts attending a conference on the current food security crisis in the Greater Horn of Africa said Thursday that greater investment in agricultural research, and an increased cooperation between scientists, governments, local enterprises and rural communities are critical to reducing the region’s vulnerability to future droughts and extreme weather.
Category Archive: Somali Crisis
“Nobody cares about Somalia, even if we die in our millions” Abdirahman Ali, a Somali 29-year old father of two, bemoaned in despair as he witnessed the death and suffering of his people.
MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 8 (UPI) — The United Nations warns that the famine in war-wracked Somalia is spreading and that 750,000 people could die in the next six months if international aid isn’t increased.
The UN has estimated that $2.5bn is needed for the humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa, particularly to tackle famine in Somalia. Find out which countries have donated funds so far – and where the money’s going.
In the Horn of Africa, 12 million people are facing a hunger crisis and nearly a half million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease, but the crisis has attracted less than 0.2 percent of U.S. news coverage so far in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center report.
The UN on Monday declared another region in Somalia to be in famine. Southern Somalia’s Bay region is the latest region to be declared a famine zone, bringing to six the areas affected. Around 4 million Somalis – more than half of the population – are now in crisis in the drought-stricken country. The UN says …
Twenty five years ago, in the aftermath of a devastating famine in Ethiopia, remembered for better and worse for Bob Geldof’s Bandaid concerts, I wrote a book called “Famine: A Man-Made Disaster?”
Accra, Aug. 26, GNA – Eleven-year-old Andrew Andansi Bonnah, who has launched a campaign to raise GH¢20 million (about 23 million dollars for famine-hit Somalia, has donated 4,000 dollars at the African Union Pledging Conference in Addis Ababa for the Horn Africa drought victims.
Cape Town – Although difficult to quantify, South Africa’s contribution to relief efforts in Somalia exceeds R20m so far, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said Wednesday.
As the climate changes, the global community and national governments both need to take action to prevent the kind of humanitarian disaster underway In parts of the Horn of Africa. Early action can help communities confront climate change, take advantage of ecosystem services, and prevent future food-related tragedies due to drought and other extreme weather.