28 Feb '17, 3pm

Food Shortages in the Greater Horn of Africa

Food Shortages in the Greater Horn of Africa

Human conflict has triggered the worst food shortages, but drought has exacerbated the problem. In 2016, many parts of the Horn of Africa saw two consecutive wet seasons with poor rainfall. For instance, much of southern Somalia received less than 40 percent of the usual rainfall in October through December, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Some major crop-producing regions faced their driest calendar year since 1985. With forecasters calling for depressed rainfall in the upcoming March-May rainy season, farmers and livestock herders in the region will likely face more crop failures and starving livestock.

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