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Eastern Africa Climate Crisis
One of the worst El Niño climate fluctuations in history has left a large swathe of Africa facing severe drought and food shortages. Families are going hungry following failed harvests and time is of the essence in preventing the drought from becoming a famine
Our local teams are leading livelihood and food security projects, such as: giving training and advice to smallholder farmers, providing climate-resilient livestock and supporting community microfinance.
  • In Somaliland we are drilling 15 new wells to supply year-round clean water to more than 100,000 people.
  • In Ethiopia, we’re appealing for a $4.3m livestock restocking programme to supply almost 6,000 families with 10 goats each.
  • In Somalia, a $2m recovery programme will plough farmland and supply farming tools, seeds and goats to 3,000 households, as well as bringing 10 underground tanks to capture rainfall back into use.
  • In Malawi, a $350,000 food and farming programme will deliver food parcels to 1,500 households, provide 500 packs of seed and fertilisers, 100 water pumps for irrigation and 12 training programmes in conservative agriculture and environmental protection to build resilience against El Niño climate fluctuations and climate change in general.

Why is your help needed?

East Africa is in the grip of a severe drought. Two successive years of below-average rainfall (caused by one of the worst El Niños in history) have left some parts of Somalia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Sudan and South Sudan facing their worst drought in decades.

Entire harvests have been wiped out and nomadic farmers who move with the seasons in search of water and fertile land have watched their livestock die before being left stranded with nothing. Now, the erratic downpours of the all-too-short rainy season mean some communities are facing drought and flash flooding simultaneously, as well as struggling with the spread of water-borne diseases.

The forecast offers no relief, with warnings that conditions could get worse through 2016. In Somalia urgent action is needed to avoid repeating the mistakes of 2011-2012 when famine claimed the lives of 250,000 people. Half of these people were already casualties before the famine was declared, proving we cannot wait for the label of “famine” to be applied before we take action.

At a glance...

  • Close to 20 million people in the region are facing critical and emergency food insecurity levels, according to the UN.
  • In Ethiopia alone it’s predicted that 2.2 million children under 5 years, pregnant women and nursing mothers will need to be treated for moderate acute malnutrition in 2016 – more than double the number in 2015.
  • In Somalia, an alarming 40% of the population needs assistance and urgent humanitarian action is now needed to avert a bigger disaster like the 2011-2012 famine that resulted in the death of over a quarter of a million people, including 133,000 children under five
  • In Sudan 90% of the 3.5 million people affected by El Niño are in need of water and the drought is so severe that 46 per cent of wells have failed. Women and girls, the traditional water carriers, are making longer journeys at greater risk.

How can I help?

Give to East Africa
Our local teams are leading livelihood and food security projects, such as: giving training and advice to smallholder farmers, providing climate-resilient livestock and supporting community microfinance.