Responding to East Africa’s food security crisis in 2017, preparing for next year

Devex, Dec 18, 2017
by Sara Jerving

NAIROBI — East Africa has endured four seasons in a row that have failed to bring adequate rains. This most recent, below average rainy season has pushed the region deeper into a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in urgent need of food, water, and medical treatment.

Failed crops and the widespread death of livestock, compounded with conflict in countries including South Sudan and Somalia, have led to the massive displacement of people across the region. At the same time, failed rains and ongoing conflict provide little incentive to return home.

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