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30 Aug 2011 description

When the United Nations officially declared a famine in the Horn of Africa on July 20, 2011, the food crisis in Somalia had already been developing for some time. Food security in the region has been severely declining due to historical levels of drought and rising world food prices, but famine does not erupt over-night. The slow-onset drought also translates into a critical and much-needed intervention to save lives in magnitudes.