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On the verge of famine in the Horn of Africa

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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.


  • Mark Lowcock

    Former Emergency Relief Coordinator and author of ‘Relief Chief’

  • Nimo Hassan

    Director, Somalia NGO Consortium

  • El-Khidir Daloum

    Country Director Somalia, World Food Programme

  • Moderator: Sorcha O'Callaghan

    Director, Humanitarian Policy Group

  • Ahmed Abukar Ahmed

    Director General of Humanitarian affairs and Disaster Management

    Federal Government of Somalia