$8 Billion Pledged as Horn of Africa Faces Famine

Development partners have pledged $8.7 billion to address alarming hunger in the Horn of Africa. Nearly all countries in the drought-prone region have been severely impacted by climate change, making food security a major constraint. The alarming drought followed what policy makers and climate analysts say was the fifth consecutive season of failed rains in the area.

The impact is more severe in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti but extends to South Sudan, the Sudan, and north east Uganda.

“Food security is a major challenge. The donor support is intended to alleviate the situation,” said the Horn of Africa Initiative (HoAI), an organization launched in 2019 to address development challenges there.

The resource mobilization option was taken by the regional body in the wake of worsening drought and subsequent starvation.

“The year 2022 witnessed more than doubling of commitments from $4 billion by the end of 2021 to about $8.7 billion by February 2023,” said the Kenya cabinet secretary Prof Njuguna Ndung’u.

He was speaking during a ministerial roundtable aimed to enhance private sector partnerships in Nairobi last week.

The partnerships will focus on innovative pathways in areas of livestock resilience, trade facilitation, and scaling up digital integration.

The $8.7 billion was pledged by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU), and the World Bank, among others.


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