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24 Aug 2011 description
report CGIAR

By Lloyd Le Page, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in over half a century, and nearly five million people face starvation. We have little control over the political factors responsible for the terrible tragedies that play across our television screens and on the front pages of the world's newspapers. But what can the world do to prevent the scale and toll in lives that makes this story news? How can we build agricultural systems resilient enough to absorb environmental shocks?