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Horn of Africa: drought and famine crisis

Total number of news: 73

date: 27 December 2012
Source(s): Ethiopian Herald, the, Ethiopian News Agency

The five year programme 'is designed with multiple and complementary interventions to build resilience to recurring crises, improve the livelihoods of pastoralists and the well-being of their families and communities, and develop the potential of the livestock market to contribute robustly to the achievement of Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan'...

date: 1 November 2012
Source(s): Africa Review, Nation Media Group

'Many countries fail to act on the information provided, the indications of the drought in the horn of Africa were received as early as September 2010 but no early action was taken until images of hungry women and children were splashed all over the media,' said Pedro Basabe, the head of the UNISDR regional office...

date: 6 August 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Drought, floods and sea level rise are some of the natural hazards affecting food prices. Around 9.95 million people are still food insecure after drought hit the Horn in 2011, according to the World Bank. There are about 16 million people facing various levels of food insecurity in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda, said FEWS NET...

 Stuart Price/UN Photo  http://www.rtcc.org/living/one-year-on-building-resilience-in-the-horn-of-africa/

date: 3 August 2012
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

A year on from the Horn of Africa disaster and two good rainy seasons have helped to relieve the pressure and aid recovery in the region, reports RTCC. With the potential of another dry spell always just around the corner, the efforts of NGOs and Aid Agencies is moving away from emergency relief to building resilience in the region...

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date: 31 July 2012
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

'We can't prevent drought but we can prevent a repeat of the food crisis it caused here last year. Our new aid decision contributes to this goal,' Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response underlined...

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date: 26 July 2012
Source(s): Belfast Telegraph

'Governments, donors, the UN and NGOs need to change their approach to chronic drought situations by managing the risks, not the crisis,' writes the Belfast Telegraph on the East African famine...

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date: 25 July 2012
Source(s): Sovereign Military Order of Malta

'Now we are starting the next phase of our drought intervention in East Africa', explains Ingo Radtke, Malteser International’s Secretary General. 'Herders will learn how to collect rainwater for drinking, and so make do with the little natural resources they have – when the next drought comes, they will be better prepared'...

date: 16 April 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Headquarters (OCHA)

The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Catherine Bragg, highlighted the need to build national and local capacity, invest in disaster risk reduction, and improve humanitarian coordination and collaboration in order to promote resilience and sustainable livelihoods in the Horn...

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date: 3 April 2012
Source(s): United States Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM), United States of America - gov

Building resilience means doing things differently from how they have been done in the past with an increased focus on the prevention side. Democracy is fundamental to development because a strong legitimate government helps a country to withstand the shocks brought on by natural disasters and other crises...

date: 27 March 2012
Source(s): Groundswell International

Food crises can no longer be treated as limited events caused by occasional hazards like droughts or floods. If acute food crises can be triggered by drought, they are short term peaks of an underlying trend of increasing chronic vulnerability...

date: 26 March 2012
Source(s): Brookings Institution, the

The Brookings report found that 'In comparison with the previous decade, the number of disasters and the number of people affected by disasters in 2011 were both below average. But 2011 was the most expensive year in history in terms of disaster losses — primarily because of the $210 billion loss experienced by Japan'...

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date: 23 March 2012
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

'The world is warming because of human activities and this is resulting in far-reaching and potentially irreversible impacts on our Earth, atmosphere and oceans,' said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud...

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date: 29 February 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'We have put the message out there. It is now up to governments, civil society and the media to prepare… for the worst-case scenario even if the worst does not happen. There is no harm in being prepared'...

date: 27 February 2012
Source(s): Concern Worldwide

Funding for disaster risk reduction and long-term recovery is fairly scarce. Yet, this long-term work is most effective in preventing emergencies and reducing their impact when they do occur...

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date: 24 February 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

'This year, more than ever, it is important that climate and food security experts work closely with disaster managers to monitor any serious deterioration in the situation,' said Pedro Basabe, Head of UNISDR Africa...

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date: 16 February 2012
Source(s): Irish Times, the

'There is now, by and large, a recognition that climate change is real, it is here to stay and therefore we need to invest more in disaster risk reduction and resilience,' European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said...

date: 15 February 2012
Source(s): World Food Programme (WFP)

'This is a time when it’s not yet too late. We know what needs to be done and we have the lessons learned from the Horn of Africa. We can’t prevent drought, but we can prevent famine,' said WFP executive Director Josette Sheeran...

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date: 6 February 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

This year donors are stepping up more quickly to meet Sahel’s humanitarian needs compared to 2010, when they were slow to respond. However, they are still at fault for taking a quick-fix approach rather than addressing long-term disaster prevention and resilience needs...

date: 23 January 2012
Source(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - France (UNESCO)

UNESCO begins mapping groundwater in January in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, in order to bring the population a sustainable water supply. UNESCO will also be offering medium- to long-term support in drought monitoring and preparedness...

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date: 18 January 2012
Source(s): Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

According to new statistics published by CRED and UNISDR, 302 human impact disasters inflicted record economic damages of $366 billion in 2011. Major disasters occurred in high and middle-income countries, including Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Thailand, Turkey and the Philippines. 'Unless we prepare for the worst then many earthquake-prone urban areas around the world are destined to see even greater loss of life'...

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date: 18 January 2012
Source(s): Oxfam International Secretariat

'It’s shocking that the poorest people are still bearing the brunt of a failure to respond swiftly and decisively. We know that acting early saves lives but collective risk aversion meant aid agencies were reluctant to spend money until they were certain there was a crisis'...

date: 8 January 2012
Source(s): East African Business Week Ltd.

Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Abdirahin Abdi calls for building new bridges between scientists, technocrats and parliamentarians if meaningful advances in disaster risk reduction and disaster management are to be realized....

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date: 4 January 2012
Source(s): Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)

A sequence of devastating earthquakes and a large number of weather-related catastrophes made 2011 the costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe losses. 'It is the insurance industry's task to cover extreme losses as well, to help society cope with such events'...

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date: 30 December 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Severe drought, exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Familiar laments emerged about the failure to heed warnings issued months earlier and learn from previous famines by building resilience to inevitable weather shocks...

date: 30 December 2011
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

SciDev.Net editors and columnists summarize the science and technology contributions to the fields of both disaster warning and disaster response in 2011...

 drought in St Louis, Senegal by Flickr user United Nations Photo, Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/5407749521/

date: 25 December 2011
Source(s): Citizen, the - Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL)

'As Dar es Salaam grapples with devastating floods, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) says policymakers should fully involve scientific experts and technocrats in disaster management in a bid to reduce and build resilience against catastrophes'...

date: 19 December 2011
Source(s): Practical Action

The media should provide a platform upon which the citizenry can engage the government on climate change, demanding and claiming their rights to cushion them from climate change impacts such as the famine and floods...

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date: 16 December 2011
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

'The time is ripe for nations to move forward with the development of a pro-active, risk-based national drought policy,' said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in a preparatory meeting for the High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy scheduled for March 2013...

date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Children's Fund - UK (UNICEF UK)

ntony Spalton, specialist in Disaster Risk Reduction, has seen first-hand the devastating effects that climate-linked disasters can have on children’s lives. He tells us what leaders at the COP17 climate change summit in Durban can do about it...

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date: 28 November 2011
Source(s): Oxfam International Secretariat

'From the Horn of Africa and South East Asia to Russia and Afghanistan, a year of floods, droughts, and extreme heat has helped push tens of millions of people into hunger and poverty. Governments must act now in Durban'...

date: 23 November 2011
Source(s): CARE International (CI)

'Our growing experience of working with vulnerable communities to address climate change in 34 countries demonstrates the key role local communities, and women, play in adapting and strengthening resilience to climate change impacts'...

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date: 18 November 2011
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Meeting the challenge of managing of extremes is a vital component in adaptation to climate change. But to date there has been no one-stop-shop assessment of experience in the real-time managing...

date: 20 October 2011
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

Since 2006 the Commission has given €70 million to disaster risk reduction programmes in the Horn of Africa. These programmes aim at building the resilience of local communities by helping them prepare for the impacts of recurrent drought with minimal losses...

date: 18 October 2011
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Scientific progress has laid the basis for more effective policies to combat and manage drought and desertification. The challenge of climate change means it is imperative to translate that science into action, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

date: 13 October 2011
Source(s): ActionAid International (ActionAid)

'A focus on children can help create a sense of urgency around the need to analyse and address hazards and risks, as well as provide a long-term perspective as children grow up,' says John Abuya, ActionAid’s expert on Disaster Risk Reduction....

date: 13 October 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Headquarters (OCHA)

The UN today highlights the essential role played by children and young people in preparing for natural disasters, as it commemorates this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction...

date: 13 October 2011
Source(s): World Vision International (WVI)

Elizabeth Ranade-Janis takes the opportunity to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction by talking about four disasters that you’ve probably not heard too much about but which impact vulnerable children and families, and deserve more attention...

date: 12 October 2011
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

Now more than ever, reducing disaster risks and preparing to respond to disasters should remain a top priority for every government in disaster-prone countries and for all of us working with such countries...

date: 3 October 2011
Source(s): Oxfam - Great Britain (Oxfam GB)

Duncan Green asks how the current emergency response in East Africa reduce risk by addressing water resource management, supporting existing community structures and preparation for predicted floods, etc. ...

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date: 30 September 2011
Source(s): Guardian, the

The east Africa crisis throws the importance of disaster risk reduction measures into sharp relief, writes the Guardian. 'When it comes to natural disasters, and their very unnatural impact on poor people, prevention is better than cure'...

date: 29 September 2011
Source(s): Microfinance Focus

Increasing to $1.88 billion from more than $500 million its support to countries in the Horn of Africa, the World Bank’s response to the crisis intends to link short-term crisis mitigation with long-term development objectives to battle one of the worst droughts...

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlstrom

date: 27 September 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

The signatories of the charter commit to linking non-political, needs-based early warning signs of disasters with a timely and appropriate response, with donors supporting national and community preparedness plans to avert the worst effects such as acute malnutrition...

date: 13 September 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

With 13 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa, leaders have issued a strong call to 'reform the system of emergency humanitarian response in the region, aiming to enhance resilience and promote long-term solutions.'...

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date: 26 August 2011
Source(s): Green Cross International (GCI)

'Extreme weather events, such as the drought affecting East Africa, remind us the stakes are global. Greater cooperation and more rules on managing shared watersheds are needed as each country will be impacted, directly or indirectly, by how well other countries manage their water resources.'...

date: 19 August 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'On this day we recognize the importance of humanitarians in providing essential relief and services. More importantly we also celebrate their role in helping communities reduce their risk to disasters' said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction...

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date: 15 August 2011
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Resilience is key,' says Daniel Seller for Reuters AlertNet, hoping the example of Balich will show how important disaster risk reduction initiatives are and how much money can be saved by investing in preparedness...

date: 10 August 2011
Source(s): U.S. Department of State, United States of America - gov

'We also need to prioritize disaster risk reduction, including preparatory actions, creation of safety nets, and long-term mitigation.' says Deputy Administrator Donald K. Steinberg in his statement to the InterAction Forum 2011...

date: 8 August 2011
Source(s): United Nations - Headquarters (UN)

The Secretary-General was encouraged that the Japanese Government will share the lessons learned from this tragedy with the international community, particularly in the area of disaster risk reduction and preparedness and strengthening nuclear safety standards...

date: 18 July 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'We don't have good meteorological services here - the elders also do their calculations and what they tell us is not good news,' said Ephrem Ombosho, head of one of several Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency offices in Borena in a report by IRIN...

 Photo of Somalian refugees in Dadaab, NE Kenya, by Flickr user, Care Canada, All rights reserved

date: 15 July 2011
Source(s): World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme’s preparations for the current drought in the Horn of Africa have already saved many lives thanks to the greater resilience of the threatened population, Executive Director Josette Sheeran told WFP donors at an informal briefing in Rome today...

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