Droughts

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  • How Farmers in Kenya Are Beating The Effects of Drought

    Christine Nthenya Mutua

    07/03/2017 — Droughts

    As the effects of drought continue stifling crop and livestock production across Kenya, some farmers in the worse affected areas have managed to beat this scourge. Having adopted small-scale dryland farming technologies, these farmers are

  • Herders In Kenya Expand Livelihoods To Cope With Drought

    Kenya Drought FFA Isiolo

    15/02/2017 — Droughts

    WFP is helping 650,000 food-insecure people living in the arid and semi-arid lands build resilience to drought. Together with partners, WFP is helping these families to build rural productive assets while transferring new production skills and

  • USAID Support Boosts Income For Malawian Farmers

    16/12/2016 — Droughts

    Using a contribution from USAID specifically for local maize purchase, WFP purchased 30 metric tons of maize directly from the Chigonthi Farmers Organization in mid-2016 which it then delivered to food-insecure households as part of its current

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  • 14/10/2016 — Droughts SHOTLIST (PDF)

    WFP Marks World Food Day With Focus on Bold Partnerships that Spur Change (For the Media)

    ROME – To mark World Food Day on 16 October, the World Food Programme is highlighting the need for bold and constructive partnerships between governments, business and organizations that will create the requisite momentum towards achieving Zero Hunger and shaping a brighter future for millions of children. 

  • 04/10/2016 — Droughts SHOTLIST (PDF)

    El Nino’s Hidden Impact on People living with HIV-AIDS (For the Media)

    The impacts of El Nino pose a serious challenge to the global goal of Ending AIDS by 2030. People living with HIV (PLHIV) are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. There is a correlation between food insecurity and treatment adherence, retention and success. PLHIV who initiate treatment while severely malnourished are two to six times more likely to die in the first six months of treatment. There is also a correlation between El Niño-induced drought and HIV infection rates; a 2014 study of 18 El Niño affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe found that infection rates in HIV endemic rural areas increased by 11% for every recent drought. Food insecurity can pressure households and individuals into unsustainable or harmful coping strategies, including risk behaviours (e.g., transactional sex), which drive new HIV infections.

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