FAO: Technology and Land Reforms Would Mitigate Drought in Ethiopia

With over 12 million people in East Africa at risk of starvation due to prolonged dry weather and drought, environment experts are urging governments to consider land reforms and technology to manage the situation.

According to the World Food Programme, the current drought ravaging parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is similar to the one experienced in 2010, where about 10 million people faced starvation.

Last month, the Kenya Red Cross warned that the country required Ksh2 billion ($20 million) to deal with the drought, and that hundreds of livestock had died in 23 counties since January. Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the prolonged drought a national disaster, seeking help from the international community.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation is urging East African governments to carry out land reforms.

Speaking at a meeting in Addis Ababa, FAO deputy director general Maria Helena Semedo said the solution to tackling food insecurity in East Africa lies in reducing land constraints and reforming the agriculture sector, which employs 70 per cent of the population in Africa.

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Mariusz Kluzniak

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