The droughts have been particularly bad in the semi-arid region of Ethiopia, with many villagers losing entire herds. Farmers too are suffering, having been forced to eat seed stores that are now necessary as the rains return.
The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that the droughts have affected some 12 million people and that aid packages will fall short by almost $400 million this year, leaving many without food or water.
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Source : United Nations World Food Programme
Circle of Blue’s east coast correspondent based in New York. He specializes on water conflict and the water-food-energy nexus. He previously worked as a political risk analyst covering equatorial Africa’s energy sector, and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Contact: Cody.Pope@circleofblue.org