Horn of Africa needs $50M to combat possible drought — FAO

A farmer drives his oxes through a weed-infested field. Pastoralist and farmers in the Horn of Africa need to prepare for another possible dry spell in the region. Photo by: Alex Wynter / IFRC / CC BY-NC-ND

People in the Horn of Africa will need $50 million in the next 90 days.

The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization made the appeal on Friday (March 23) in preparation for the planting season, which runs April to June. The fund, part of the organization’s 2012 appeal for the Horn, will help farmers and pastoralists prepare for another possible dry spell.

Activities part of the 90-day plan include distribution of crop and vegetable seeds, implementation of small irrigation schemes and cash-for-work programs. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said it will not be possible to avoid droughts, but the development community can put “measures” in place to try to prevent such disasters from falling into famine levels.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.