The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and more than a dozen international organizations have posted a joint statement describing the already dire and deteriorating food security crisis in the eastern Horn of Africa. The Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia drought response plans are only 50 percent funded despite escalating needs, severely limiting humanitarian agencies’ capacities to respond. More funds are required immediately to save lives before it is too late.

We cannot–and must not–wait for a Famine (IPC Phase 5) to be declared, or for additional rainy seasons to fail, to act.


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