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5 July 2011

The drought in East Africa is a disaster happening right now. Many of the farming communities are desperate after 2 years without rain. (..) Zeinubu’s family is surviving on food from the World Food Programme.


5 July 2011

(..) Josette Sheeran, the director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) says, "resources are thin and at the very moment that we should be ramping up operations, we have been scaling back some programmes in Ethiopia and Somalia.


4 July 2011

Aid agencies are calling it the worst drought in 60 years. (..) Normally taking the lead in coordinating relief efforts in such cases, OCHA has been joined in a chorus of warnings by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization, the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme.


4 July 2011

Food price rises are combining with severe drought and conflict to create the gravest threat of famine in years across large parts of east Africa and the Horn, according to aid agencies desperately short of funds. (..) The UK this week promised £38m to the World Food Programme of the UN, which will provide the food aid that many of the DEC’s members will be distributing.


4 July 2011

Almost 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing a humanitarian emergency as the region grapples with its worst drought for 60 years, the UN warned this week. (..) "Pastoralists currently have to sell five goats to be able to buy a 90-kilogram bag of maize, compared to one to two goats in January," says Stephanie Savariaud of the UN World Food Programme.


4 July 2011

(..) Josette Sheeran, the World Food Programme's (WFP) director said last week, “It is essential that we move quickly to break the destructive cycle of drought and hunger that forces farmers to sell their means of production as part of their survival strategy."


4 July 2011

Tanzania is staring at a food crisis in the coming months as it emerges that tonnes of food are being smuggled out to drought-stricken countries in the region despite falling harvests. (..) Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Programme, said the food crisis in East Africa has left an estimated 14 million people struggling to survive due to widespread poor and erratic rainfall, combined with rising food prices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.


4 July 2011

A severe drought in the eastern Horn of Africa is leading to a 'grave' refugee situation and is unlikely to improve before next year, a humanitarian organization warned Monday. (..) Without additional funding, Gwynne-Vaughan said the food their organization was distributing from the World Food Programme, 'will run dry by September.'


3 July 2011

A combination of failed rains and soaring global food prices has left more than 12 million people living in remote areas across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia facing hunger, according to aid agencies. (..) Speaking from Dadaab, David Orr, of the World Food Programme, said the area has seen the second lowest rainfall in 60 years.


3 July 2011

A "toxic mix" of drought, failed harvests and rising food prices have brought severe food shortages to the east and the Horn of Africa. (..) The UK's Department for International Development (DfID) has already promised the World Food Programme £38m for its work in Ethiopia, and NGOs, including Save the Children UK, Oxfam and Christian Aid, have already launched emergency appeals.