Horn of Africa Drought Fact Sheet #22, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012
Between May 8 and 12, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg visited drought-affected areas of Kenya and Somalia. ASG Bragg met with Government of Kenya (GoK) officials and relief and development partners to discuss humanitarian challenges and drought resilience and preparedness activities. During her visit to Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu, ASG Bragg visited internally displaced person (IDP) settlements and met with government officials, humanitarian actors, and other stakeholders to discuss the continued international focus on the effects of drought and famine in the region.
On May 17, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministers for agriculture, livestock, and arid lands met with high-level U.N. representatives in Djibouti to discuss the implementation of the Initiative to End Drought Emergencies in the Horn of Africa. At the meeting, participants affirmed their commitment to the initiative, urged the IGAD Secretariat to expedite operationalization of the Regional Drought Resilience Platform, and encouraged member states, U.N. agencies, and development and private sector partners to promote investments in sustainable social economic development, which supports the transition from relief to development. In addition, meeting participants called upon the U.N. to initiate cross-border programs in support of the IGAD regional agenda, enhance coordination and monitoring of U.N.–IGAD partnerships, support the establishment of a regional early warning system linked to early response mechanisms, and incorporate drought resilience into national programs.
On May 18, the White House announced that the G-8 is launching the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which is committed to achieving sustained and inclusive agricultural growth in sub-Saharan Africa. During the next ten years, the New Alliance aims to help lift 50 million people out of poverty by aligning the commitments of Africa’s leadership, private sector partners, and G-8 members. The New Alliance will catalyze private sector investment in African agriculture, with initial pledges totaling more than $3 billion.