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climate change

A climate in crisis

There is growing scientific analysis suggesting that the impacts of current and recent droughts in East Africa are likely to have been aggravated by climate change. Without global efforts to reduce emissions and to help the world’s poorest people cope with the effects of climate change, this crisis will continue to repeat itself.

Drought in East Africa: “If the rains do not come, none of us will survive”

For many people in East Africa, the current drought is the worst in living memory. Nomadic pastoralists are among the hardest hit. Their livestock is completely wiped out, meaning they have no means to feed themselves. In eastern Somaliland, Oxfam witnessed entire communities on the move, desperately searching for water and pasture.

Dead sheep and goats, which died because of the continous drought situation in Somaliland. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

How climate change is helping fuel a massive hunger crisis in East Africa

Climate change is not a distant, future threat. Right now, it is helping fuel a massive crisis in the Horn of Africa region. Nearly 11 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya face terrifying food shortages, due to a catastrophic drought that has killed off crops and cattle. Urgent action is needed now.

Marjory at the community hall holding millet, Zimbabwe

Our seeds: lessons from the drought

Farmer seed systems and community seed banks provide an important safety net for cash-strapped, vulnerable people. They also help small-scale farmers manage climate risk. Supporting them is an adaptation opportunity that is currently being missed.

European Commission puts biofuel industry ahead of people and planet

In its proposed new Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has given in to the pressure of the biofuel industry lobby at the expense of people and the climate. The proposal would allow EU countries to rely on food-based biofuels to meet their 2030 climate and energy targets, notwithstanding strong evidence of their harmful impact on communities and the environment.

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