On the verge of famine in the Horn of Africa
Humanitarian actors have committed to anticipating and acting early in the face of crises. Yet following three failed rains and with the threat of a fourth, the Horn of Africa is now facing the worst drought for 40 years, with up to 20 million people at risk of going hungry. The current crisis is drawing parallels to the famine in 2011 that killed nearly 260,000 in Somalia alone.
Aid agencies and food security experts were raising the alarm about the impact of failed rains 18 months ago. So why are we here again? How bad is the situation likely to get?
Mark Lowcock, former Emergency Relief Coordinator and author of ‘Relief Chief’ will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the looming catastrophe in the Horn of Africa. The panel will seek to understand what more could have been done to anticipate and mitigate the current crisis, and what can be done now to respond.
Former Emergency Relief Coordinator and author of ‘Relief Chief’
Director, Somalia NGO Consortium
Country Director Somalia, World Food Programme
Moderator: Sorcha O'Callaghan@sorchaoc
Director, Humanitarian Policy Group
Ahmed Abukar Ahmed
Director General of Humanitarian affairs and Disaster Management
Federal Government of Somalia