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Using Small-Scale Adaptation Actions to Address the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Going beyond Food Aid and Cash Transfers

September 19th, 2011

A paper by Richard Munang and Johnson N. Nkem that was recently publiched in the Journal of Sustainability

The disastrous droughts in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti have caused the worst food crisis of the 21st century: 12 million people are starving and do not have access to clean water and sanitation. This is putting these countries’ achievement of food security in serious danger, also because the terrible effects of droughts are coming along with climate change effects, with temperatures expected to rise continuously in the next decades.
Building resilience in communities is necessary as we adapt the farming systems to climate change.

The paper showcases  lessons learnt  from the Climate Change Adaptation and Development (CC DARE) Programme jointly implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Sub-Saharan Africa . It demonstrates how adopting small-scale flexible actions can provide just the right incentives and alertness for addressing the food crisis in the horn of Africa and undertaking bigger actions.

Download paper here