Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs
encompass many different kinds of activities, but share the fundamental
objective of enhancing the capacity of vulnerable communities to identify,
reduce and manage risk, whether it be at the local, regional or national
level. Ethiopia is one of the most food-insecure countries in the world,
but only recently has the food security problem begun to be understood
in terms of a complete analysis of livelihoods, rather than simply a food
Children that live in pastoralist areas of Africa are increasingly referred to as some of the most nutritionally vulnerable in the world. In Somali Region Ethiopia, levels of global acute malnutrition among young children are regularly reported to rise above 15%; the level defined as a nutritional emergency by the World Health Organization. Yet, from work going back many decades in the Region, we know that animal milk; one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world, plays an extremely important role in the diets of these children.