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17 Dec 2009 description
report Oxfam

November rains that were expected to ease the hunger crisis in East Africa have failed yet again in some of the worst hit areas, international aid agency Oxfam warned today, as it appealed for more funds to boost its aid package for those in need.

Large parts of Turkana in northern Kenya, virtually the whole of Somaliland, and the Central Highlands and the Ogaden of Ethiopia have received less than five per cent of normal rainfall in November*. In parts of Turkana there has been just 12mm of rain in the last three months.

10 Dec 2009 description


November rainfall deficits raise concerns in parts of East Africa

26 Nov 2009 description

Norway has decided to increase emergency relief to Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia because of the drought. At the same time it is important to increase food security.

More than 20 million people are suffering from hunger as a result of the severe drought and conflicts in this densely populated region. Norway is now allocating NOK 40 million in emergency relief to victims of the drought.

"I am deeply concerned about the civilian population, who are severely affected," said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.

25 Nov 2009 description

Given the deteriorating food security situation in the Horn of Africa, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs is mobilizing €2 million in food aid.

The Horn of Africa is facing a food crisis unlike anything seen in the last several years. Food insecurity in this region has increased sharply as result of a combination of exacerbating factors: armed conflict, drought, poor harvests, an increase in the price of foodstuffs, livestock disease, trade restrictions, maritime piracy and the global financial crisis.

23 Nov 2009 description

Face à la détérioration de la sécurité alimentaire dans la Corne de l'Afrique, le ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes mobilise une aide alimentaire de 2 millions d'euros.

La Corne de l'Afrique fait face à une crise alimentaire sans équivalent depuis plusieurs années.

19 Nov 2009 description

ROME - Spain's Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, today announced a donation of €75 million (US$112m) to the United Nations World Food Programme in response to the critical hunger situation in the Horn of Africa.

The announcement followed the UN's three-day World Summit on Food Security in the Italian capital and effectively doubles Spain's contributions to WFP.

Rodriguez said Spain's Master Plan for Development highlighted the need to keep on giving whatever the economic climate.

18 Nov 2009 description
report Chatham House

Roger Middleton, December 2009, The World Today, Volume 65, Number 12

The north eastern corner of Africa is again witnessing shocking scenes of deprivation. The Horn of Africa, from Sudan through Kenya and Ethiopia to Somalia regularly suffers from prolonged and devastating food shortages and this is one of the worst for many years. Preventing repeats of this suffering depends as much on the politics of the region as on aid and development.

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD FOOD Programme, around twenty million people in the Horn of Africa need food aid.

14 Nov 2009 description
report EastAfrican

By CATHERINE RIUNGU

East Africa is among regions that have been put on a malaria vaccine trial as world scientists frantically seek a lasting solution to the world's leading killer disease.

Named RTTS and developed by GlaxoSmithkline, the vaccine is being tested in seven African countries - Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania - by the Path Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

A third of the 16,000 targeted children have already received the jab, according to researchers attending the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African Malaria Conference …

09 Nov 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Selah Hennessy

London

Two major agricultural programs in Africa are partnering to bolster food security on the continent.

27 Oct 2009 description

Erratic rains, conflict and stubbornly high food prices are exacerbating hunger across the countries of the Horn of Africa. WFP is aiming to feed some 20 million people in the coming months.

Kenyans are suffering from the worst drought in almost a decade, with harvests failing for the fourth year running in many parts of the country. The number of Ethiopians requiring emergency food relief has increased by over one million this year alone.

26 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican

The refugee situation in East Africa has reached alarming levels and the United Nations is urging members countries to adopt the Tanzanian formula of integration.

Even though there is no armed conflict in East Africa at the moment, there are about 880,000 refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

This is because of civil war in Burundi prior to the peace talks, strife in Somalia and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the post election violence in Kenya.

The latest report by the United …

20 Oct 2009 description

Belgium has promised the World Food Programme (WFP) that it will respond to the very serious food crises currently afflicting Ethiopia, Kenya and Pakistan. To this end, it has pledged €2.25 million, the equivalent of 5,000 tonnes of food.

19 Oct 2009 description
report EastAfrican

By DAGI KIMANI

Youngsters aged between 5-19 in regions like East Africa are now the most vulnerable group to malaria following the successful distribution of the free bednets to protect children under five and pregnant women against the killer fever, according to a new study.

The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in the free online journal BMC Public Health says that the shift in vulnerability is due to the fact that younger children are more likely to have access to the few bednets already distributed than their older siblings, who also are exposed to bites by …

19 Oct 2009 description
report Plan International

Plan has launched a short-term emergency appeal for nearly USD $750,000 to help fend off the effects of a looming drought-induced food deficit in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia as the east African region faces its worst drought in more than a decade.

Experts say about 28 million people, mostly children, in the region are facing severe food shortages because of lack of rain.

Kenya

Masai elders say the current drought is the worst they've seen since 1961. The country is now experiencing the fourth consecutive failed rainy season in a row.

19 Oct 2009 description

More than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa are threatened with drought and famine. The Federal Foreign Office is making 4 million euro available to alleviate their suffering.

The crisis has arisen because the annual rains have so far failed in the region. The consequences of this are low harvest yields and even drought.

19 Oct 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 19 October 2009 (IRIN) - As countries across East Africa and the Horn of Africa begin to receive El Niño-related enhanced rainfall, disaster risk reduction experts from 10 countries in the region are meeting in Nairobi to develop strategies for reducing the negative impact of the evolving El Niño phenomenon.

"Africa, and in particular the Horn of Africa, suffers more and more the impact of climate-induced hazards," Pedro Basabe, the Africa programme representative of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), said on 19 October at the beginning of …

16 Oct 2009 description
report Merlin

To mark World Food Day, Merlin is calling on the international community to step up support to help the drought-affected communities in the region weather the crisis.

An extended drought, failing crops and the escalating need for food support in East Africa has tipped the delicate balance of food security in the region, putting millions of people at greater risk of malnutrition and disease. Currently at eight million, the number of people in need of food support is expected to reach 12 million.

Clean water sources are also steadily diminishing allowing diseases to gain ground.