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12 July 2011

A humanitarian agency is appealing for funds to cover a 40 per cent deficit in its budget for refugees in Kenya and Ethiopia. The World Food Programme (WFP) says its Sh42.9 billion (US$477 million) budget is inadequate for its operations in the Horn of Africa due to the growing number of refugees.


12 July 2011

The U.N. World Food Program says it is stepping up efforts to help the most vulnerable victims of drought in the Horn of Africa. World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran says the agency is increasing its delivery of food to millions of people left hungry by the severe drought in the Horn of Africa.


11 July 2011

The plight of more than 10 million drought-stricken people in East Africa has sparked more aid agency appeals for funding, and donor governments have begun mobilising assistance. (..) The United States, meantime, has deployed a disaster assistance response team, based in Kenya and Ethiopia, to help the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other aid agencies there coordinate emergency aid operations.


11 July 2011

The number of Ethiopians in need of humanitarian assistance has risen to 4.57 million, 40 percent more than estimated in April, said State Minister for Agriculture Mitiku Kassa. (..) Ethiopia is one of five countries suffering from the drought that is affecting as many as 10 million people, the United Nations World Food Programme said last week.


11 July 2011

For months aid agencies, governments and experts have been warning of the threat of a drought in the Horn of Africa. Now with millions affected, relief agencies and aid departments are attempting to raise money and provide assistance on the ground. With warning systems apparently failing, Think Africa Press asks five experts what are the main drivers of food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, and what can be done to bring about greater food security in the region?

 


11 July 2011

Four-year-old Hussein Musa sits propped against his mother in a thatch-roofed hut, in a section cordoned off under a scorching sun to mark those with the worst symptoms. (..) Across the Horn of Africa, a fierce drought is forcing more than 10 million people to rely on emergency food aid, up from a previous forecast of six million, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.


10 July 2011

Some 60 babies are dying each day in one camp. (..) The British government has pledged £38m to the World Food Programme (enough to feed 1.3 million people for three months), and the European Commission has said it is sending $8m (£4.8m) in emergency funding to Dadaab, having already contributed nearly $100m to the drought crisis this year.


9 July 2011

East Africa is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 60 years, with as many as 10 million people at risk. (..) Rainfall in the Horn of Africa has declined steadily over the past 10 years, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), but recent years have been especially dry.


9 July 2011

it is more like a city than a refugee camp. (..) Beyond the fences of the camp, the drought has ravaged many more lives – an estimated 10 million people will need food assistance, according to the UN World Food Programme. But not everybody has been enthusiastic about this weekend's appeal for funds by the Disasters Emergency Committee.


9 July 2011

The UN's emergency relief coordinator on Saturday called for long-term solutions to curb the effects of a severe drought in Ethiopia. (..) She met with Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to draw up a plan to ensure access to the country's most volatile areas. In June, two World Food Program workers were detained for over a month in Somali region, also known as Ogaden.