drought

Dead livestock are a common sight in many parts of drought-stricken Wajir, in northern Kenya. Photo: Katie G. Nelson/Oxfam

Blog: The lean face of drought in Wajir county, northern Kenya

The face of drought in Wajir County, in Kenya’s north is ugly. Oxfam is on the ground, reaching the most affected with the emergency help they need to survive.

A woman carrying a baby on her back plus 2 jerrycans full of Oxfam-supplied water, in  Nasechabuin, Turkana. Credit: Joyce Kabue/Oxfam, March 2017

Blog: Breaking the cycle of Turkana's drought crisis

Turkana is among 23 counties, half of Kenya, that have been ravaged by a devastating drought. Oxfam's long term water solutions are helping families in Turkana break the cycle of crisis and cope in the drought.

Esther Ndlovu, small farmer in Matobo district, southern Zimbabwe. Photo: Innocent Katsande/Oxfam

Blog: Zimbabwe: Swift action required as numbers of people affected by drought rise

Last week the Southern Africa Development Community declared a regional drought emergency, and launching a $2.4 billion appeal to the international community. Oxfam Communications Coordinator, Innocent Katsande reports from Zimbabwe on the urgent need for help.

Rose Usi, Balaka district, Malawi. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: The daily struggle to survive hunger is Malawi's 'new normal'

As Malawi experiences the worst drought

Farming in Zimbabwe. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Drought stings Southern Africa: The region’s leadership must act now as millions face food crisis

Around 28 million people in Southern Africa now face alarming levels of hunger and food insecurity. The Southern African Development Committee's declaration of a regional emergency must be a clarion call for donors, national governments and the humanitarian community to act faster.

Oxfam is providing clean water for the IDP (internally displaced people) centers, in three drought-hit regions of Ethiopia. Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

Blog: El Niño and Climate change: All you need to know

A super El Niño weather system is causing extreme weather in many parts of the world, including drought and flooding. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being hit hardest, leaving millions facing water shortages, hunger and disease.

Fatuma Roble Maidane, of Fadeto IDP center, Ethiopia. Dec 2015 Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

Blog: Experts say inaction on climate change is top global risk for the next decade

For the first time, the flagship Global Risk Report of the World Economic Forum has found that insufficient action on climate change is the greatest threat to societal stability the world faces.

Oxfam distributes hygiene kits in Sankhu, after the Nepal Earthquake. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam, May 2015

Blog: Oxfam’s humanitarian year 2015

As we move into 2016 Tim Bierley, Oxfam Hum

Severe drought in Mauritania, 2012. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: Climate change and hunger: El Niño could push us into unchartered waters

Millions of poor people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains as global temperatures reach record levels and because of the onset of a powerful El Nino, the climatic phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific which can bring extreme weather to several regions.

Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

Blog: Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

New emergencies seem to hit the world on a monthly basis. Right now we are grappling with situations in the DRC, South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic and Syria to name just a few. Having worked on many disasters for Oxfam from the Haiti earthquake to floods in Pakistan, and the food crisis in the Sahel to conflict in Congo, I am all too aware that faced with such a barrage of suffering, it is extremely difficult for people to know how to react. This includes countries that regularly provide humanitarian funding for countries in crisis.

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