Addressing food insecurity across the Horn of Africa
The effects of drought continue to worsen across the Horn of Africa, including in the home state of three year old Abdrirashid who sits in a stablisation centre eating a nutritionally enriched biscuit. Abdrirashid is one of millions of children who has been affected by the lack of rain in the region which has lead to high levels of food insecurity.
The drought has not only affected normal harvests but has also caused water shortages, the death of livestock and disease outbreaks affecting children like Abdrirashid.
In 2017, an estimated 5.6 million Ethiopians required emergency food aid and some 2.7 million children and pregnant or lactating mothers required supplementary feeding.