IRC calls for key changes in how the world battles famine

  • East Africa is entering its fifth consecutive season of drought, with thousands of lives already lost.
  • Across the region, 20.9 million people are experiencing hunger. Around 7.5 million children under five are suffering from acute malnutrition.
  • Despite this, only 50% of the drought response plans for Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are funded, significantly restricting the ability of humanitarian organizations to act.
  • Shashwat Saraf, the IRC’s emergency director for East Africa said, “For this and future food security crises, we need more investment in anticipatory action and more efficient and effective systems for meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.”
Read our December 1 release