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23 Mar 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Slow onset of rains raises concerns across the region

• Ports congestion decreases

• Bleak outlook for MAM rains in Djibouti

• Risk of food insecurity in several regions of Ethiopia

• Suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis in Kembata Tembaro and Wolayita zones of SNNPR, Ethiopia

• Short Rains Assessment in Kenya sees decrease from 3.75 million to 2.2 million in need of food assistance, but gains remain fragile

• Kenya sets 4 March 2013 for general elections

31 Aug 2011 description
report Maplecroft

A new study assessing the availability and stability of food supplies in 196 countries has rated the food security of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as lowest in the world, whilst countries in the drought stricken Horn of Africa are also at ‘extreme risk’.

13 Jul 2011 description

The Australian Government is helping feed people in desperate need of assistance following consecutive droughts across the Horn of Africa.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the UN has described the food shortages as the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world today.

“Southern Somalia is the worst hit, with a third of children under 5 malnourished,” Mr Rudd said.

“More than ten million people in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are affected, and thousands of Somalis are arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia every month in search of assistance.”