Tag: drought

24 January 2013 | Chris Hufstader

Before completely turning my back on 2012, I am reflecting on Oxfam’s work in the Sahel over the last year. After a season of poor or erratic rains across the region in 2011, Oxfam and many other humanitarian groups feared that another bad harvest in 2012 would push millions into starvation.

13 August 2012 | Barbara Stocking

Harne Waddaye, a 60-year-old grandmother, digs for food in the bare earth outside the small village of Louga in the African country of Chad. She is not digging for wild roots or for ones she has planted. She is raiding ant nests for the grain they have stored.

27 July 2012 | Joel M Bassuk

In the Sahel region of West Africa, a severe food crisis has been expected since late 2011. The aid community estimates that some 18.7 million people are now being affected and are now at risk.The UN estimates that $1.6 billion is needed to meet the needs of all these people, but their international appe

23 July 2012 | Polycarp Otieno Onyango

One year since the launch of Oxfam’s appeal for the food crisis in the Horn of Africa, Polycarp Otieno returns to Wajir in northeastern Kenya, to see how Oxfam’s response is helping communities to recover.

17 July 2012 | Ed Pomfret

It is one year since the UN declared Somalia as being in “famine”. But despite the cameras moving elsewhere the emergency is far from over – right now over a quarter of the country’s population are still in food crisis – relying on humanitarian aid to survive. Added to this recent poor rains mean that over a million more could fall back into crisis if early warnings are not acted upon immediately.

16 July 2012 | Polycarp Otieno Onyango

One year since the launch of Oxfam’s appeal for the food crisis in the Horn of Africa, Polycarp Otieno returns to Wajir in northeastern Kenya, to see how Oxfam’s response is helping communities to recover:

5 July 2012 | Jeremy Hobbs

It is a year now since the world woke up to what has been called the worst food crisis in the 21st century. The footage of Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya was truly awful, and the conditions people were living in when they arrived at Dollo Ado camp in Ethiopia were quite shocking. The UN categorized parts of Somalia as being in famine – a term used so rarely now that we had started to think it no longer happens.

18 May 2012 | Joel M Bassuk

In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 18 million people. Without help they won't get enough to eat.

Drought, poor harvests, the lingering effects of an earlier food crisis in 2010, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: if they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?

8 May 2012 | Joel M Bassuk

In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 15 miillion people. Without help they won't get enough to eat.

Drought, poor harvets, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: If they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?

7 March 2012 | Helena Christensen

I have just returned from my third trip with international humanitarian organization Oxfam. This time we visited East Africa where I met Elisabeth and Josephine.

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