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15 Mar 2017 description
report Plan International

Twenty-million people, including millions of children, across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in urgent need of food as the East Africa food crisis worsens.

We are calling on the international community to take immediate and urgent action to help the millions of girls and boys at risk of starvation in East Africa in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

14 May 2016 description
report Plan International

Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.

Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


26 Nov 2015 description
report Plan International

Plan International is responding to the needs of children as the impacts of the weather phenomenon El Niño worsen. In the Horn of Africa, where the impact is severe, it’s not just food that’s running out - it’s time.

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda, are expected to be worst affected, leaving children at risk of death, malnutrition, trauma and emotional distress.

26 Sep 2012 description
report Plan International


In July 2011 the Horn of Africa region was affected by one of the worst droughts in decades with an estimated 12.4 million people reported to be in urgent need of food. Plan International (Plan) mobilised its teams in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan to respond to the drought in the three countries where it is involved in long-term development work.

03 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

3 August 2011: Child malnutrition rates are rising in Ethiopia’s cities as severe drought in rural areas continues to push up food prices leaving poor families struggling to survive.

Meaza Molla, a nutrition programme coordinator at a Plan-supported feeding centre in the capital, Addis Ababa, has seen more and more children and mothers needing food aid.

01 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

1 August 2011: Plan has started delivering food to schools in Kenya’s drought-hit district of Machakos as part of its emergency school feeding programme which will reach 150,000 children across the country.

For pupils in Liani community, the maize, beans and oil dispatched are the first aid supplies they have received since the drought crisis hit.

Hunger pains

Liani Primary School’s deputy headmaster, Onesmus Malombe, hopes that the food will help stem the tide of school drop-outs.

29 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan is continuing to provide life-saving aid to children and families in East Africa, where severe drought has put more than 11.6 million people at risk of starvation. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our emergency operations are now helping over 1.4 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

22 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan's response has so far reached a half million people

A humanitarian crisis affecting some 10 million people is unfolding in eastern and southern parts of the Horn of Africa. Failed rains, local and global price increases for food and fuel, underdevelopment and conflict in Somalia have combined to create a threatening situation affecting access to the most basic levels of food and water.