Local communities in Uganda helped to face drought

28 February 2017 – The United Nations last Monday said drought in the Horn of Africa “is generating a humanitarian crisis of alarming proportions”. In its latest sitrep, the UN World Food Programme says pasture and water resources are “critically low” across the region, resulting in significant livestock deaths and crop loss in Ethiopia, Somalia and northern and coastal Kenya.

Pastoralists are trekking further afield with their animals and “distress migration” is reported between or within Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda, where grain prices are rising.

A new drone shoot by the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has illustrated the climate-related challenge facing northern Uganda, as well as the legacy of community-based actions to increase resilience developed from 2011 to 2015 as part of the Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance (CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Wetlands International and their national partners who include the URCS).

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