Multi-agency Drought Alert

The current situation could worsen over the coming months.

01 Dec, 2021 Alerts and Early Warning 12

Saka Junction, Garissa, Kenya - A woman stands near her goats. The combined effects of crop and pasture losses caused by desert locust, the impacts of COVID-19, and consecutive below-average rainy seasons have placed communities in the arid and semi-arid lands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia at risk of severe food insecurity and loss of livelihood.  PHOTO |PATRICK MEINHARDT|FAO

The Eastern parts of the region are currently facing the risk of a further deterioration of the situation, with a risk of a fourth consecutive drier than usual season. The current situation could worsen over the coming months

Key messages

  • An exceptional three-season drought sequence is affecting the Eastern Horn of Africa.
  • The food security situation is likely to deteriorate rapidly.
  • Climate change and La Niña are working together to produce prolonged and persistent dryness.
  • Scaled-up humanitarian responses are needed.

There is a risk of drier than usual season from March to May 2022. Stakeholders are advised to take early action to avert further deterioration of the situation in the region by mobilizing relevant authorities to act faster in response to the available information.

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Drought Alert

Tags: climate change , East Africa , drought