UN and AU host High-Level Partnership Mission to the Horn of Africa in June, garnering increased donor commitments for droughtaffected countries
Compared to the 2010/2011 drought in East Africa, FEWS NET reports the 2016/2017 drought is more widespread but less severe
From June 8–13, Acting USAID/OFDA Director Carol Chan accompanied a delegation of international donor representatives on a High-Level Partnership Mission to the Horn of Africa region hosted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the African Union (AU) Commission to assess humanitarian needs resulting from the 2016/2017 drought in the region.
Compared to the 2010/2011 drought in East Africa, the 2016/2017 drought is more widespread but less severe, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). However, FEWS NET projects that some areas of southern Somalia and the southeastern lowlands of Kenya are expected to face significant crop reductions or crop failure during the remainder of 2017.
The Somalia Water and Land Information Management group reports that Somalia’s April-to-June gu rainy season has likely concluded prematurely, following at least three weeks of below-average or no recorded rainfall in large parts of central, northern, and southern Somalia. As a result, gu harvests are expected to be up to 60 percent below average, with populations continuing to face Crisis—IPC 3—and Emergency—IPC 4— levels of acute food insecurity through at least September, according to FEWS NET. In recent weeks, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE), UN, and relief actors have highlighted the urgent need for increased resources to address anticipated breaks in the country’s relief food assistance and fortified nutrition commodity pipelines, which are projected to begin by July