20th March 2017, Nairobi – Kenya: A special summit of Heads of State and Government will be convened on Saturday 25th March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the international community and other stakeholders to marshal a comprehensive regional approach to deliver durable solutions for Somali refugees, whilst promoting sustainable reintegration of returnees in Somalia.
Drought conditions persisted during February. Localised off-season showers had little impact on environmental conditions. Livestock continue to weaken under the stress of long distances to water and grazing, leading to further falls in productivity and in the purchasing power of pastoralists.
In marginal agricultural counties, land preparation is underway in advance of the long rains season. Large rises in the price of basic foodstuffs, attributed in part to the impact of the poor short rains harvest, are undermining food security.