- Famine early warning systems have a good track record of predicting food shortages but are poor at triggering early action, a report has concluded. The study said the opportunity for early action was being missed by governments and humanitarian agencies. It said the "disconnect" was starkly apparent in Somalia where no action was taken despite 11 months of warnings. Up to two million people are estimated to have died in drought-related emergencies since 1970.
The report by UK think-tank Chatham House, Managing Famine Risk: Linking Early Warning to Early Action, looked at the issue of drought-related emergencies on a global scale but focused on the Horn of Africa and the Sahel regions.