ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian
Affairs (UN-OCHA) revealed on Wednesday that 22.4 million people
in the Horn of Africa region need food aid.
In a press
statement, UN-OCHA, said 700,000 people in Kenya, 1.6 million
people in Somalia, 6.1 million people in South Sudan, 7.9
million people in Ethiopia and 6.2 million people in Sudan are
conflict and internal violence has contributed to a spike in the
number of food insecure people in Sudan and South Sudan,
although sustained humanitarian response and good rainfall in
Somalia has helped to slightly decrease the number of food
insecure people in Somalia.
UN-OCHA further said
the Horn of Africa region is also suffering from displacement
crisis mainly because of armed conflict and internal violence,
mainly in Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.
along the common border of Ethiopia’s Gedeo zone in Southern
regional and West Guji zone in Oromia regional state since April
has led to the displacement of around 960,000 Ethiopians,
contributing to a dramatic spike in number of internally
displaced people in Ethiopia in recent months.
The UN-OCHA report
also revealed conflicts have led to the creation of around 3.82
million refugees in and from the Horn of Africa region.
East African countries could
experience hunger as Quelea birds ravage crops
NAIVASHA (Xinhua) --
Kenya and her East African neighbors have been
identified as the epicenter of Quelea birds’ attack on key
staples hence putting their food security initiatives in
affiliated with Desert Locust Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO)
said on Tuesday that the east and Horn of Africa states affected
by invasion of Quelea birds on farms could face widespread
Stephen Njoka, the
director of DLCO, revealed that the birds had invaded thousands
of acres in the region while ravaging crops ready for harvest.
He said it was
becoming a challenge for experts to contain Quelea birds and
other pests due to budget constraints and hence the need for
member countries to offer support.
Njoka said in the
last one year alone, an estimated 191 million birds invaded the
farms with Kenya and Tanzania being the most affected.
Njoka said despite
the hiccups, they were determined to control the birds just like
other migratory pests.
He said they were
working with farmers across the member nations to ensure the
pests were controlled and ensure high yields for their produce.
“These cases were
well controlled by the farmers using cultural and chemical
control methods and we will continue even with other areas where
the prevalence is high,” he said.
During the meeting,
Njoka noted that the fall army worm had continued to cause
massive destruction of crops mainly maize with no solution in
The chairman of the
organization, Heruy Asghedom from Eritrea, admitted that the
fall army was a concern to them and called for exchange of
information and technology to address it.