After consecutive seasons of inadequate rainfall, countries in the Horn of Africa are facing the worst drought in 60 years – leading to the largest food crisis in 20 years, and the world’s first famine of this century. UNDP is engaged with humanitarian actors in the region as an essential part of the response, addressing underlying factors of livelihoods and governance. The magnitude of human suffering is alarming. Millions in the region are facing severe food shortages. Disproportionately affected are children –their mortality levels are truly shocking. The impact of the drought is exacerbated by high food prices and limited coping capacity of vulnerable populations. Access problems persist inm Somalia and there has been a significant increase in refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, leading to overcrowding of existing refugee camps.
The increasingly complex situation requires a scaled-up international response to address immediate humanitarian needs, quickly restore productive assets, and mitigate conflicts to prevent further destabilization in the region.