Alarming food insecurity in several areas of East Africa due to severe drought

  • 20/12/2016
  • FAO

Widespread drought severely affects crops and rangelands in East Africa and food insecurity is expected to significantly deteriorate by early 2017. Major areas of concern are central and southern Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, northern and eastern United Republic of Tanzania and southeastern Uganda. Sharply increasing prices of cereals and livestock products constrain food access for large numbers of households. Recurrent climatic shocks have undermined household resilience and urgent support to agriculture is needed.