In the eastern Horn of Africa – including Somalia, the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya, and Ethiopia’s southern and southeastern pastoral areas – five consecutive seasons of drought resulted in multiple failed harvests, the loss of millions of livestock, and widespread water scarcity. These impacts have devastated local livelihoods and driven a sharp decrease in access to food and water, leading to a subsequent severe deterioration in nutritional status and excess hunger-related deaths. In northern Ethiopia, recent conflict has led to a sharp decline in household food and income sources and placed significant constraints on commercial and humanitarian access, and high levels of acute food insecurity persist.
Horn of Africa
The world's worst acute food insecurity emergency of 2022-2023 is occurring in the Horn of Africa, where a record-breaking drought, conflict, and high global food and fuel prices have left millions of people in need of emergency food assistance. This page houses FEWS NET's latest reports, special alerts, press releases, and multi-agency statements related to the ongoing drought emergency in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.