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Aid groups seek to turn on funding tap to douse drought crises
June 14, 2017
When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it’s different.
If the rains don’t come, it can take months for the effects to be felt by poor rural families. Hunger kicks in only after crops fail, food stocks are exhausted and livestock start dying – but by then, help often comes too late to head off the worst.
The humanitarian world is still struggling to find a timely way to tackle “slow-onset” crises like droughts.
But a UK-based coalition of 42 relief groups from five continents, aiming to make aid delivery more effective, thinks it might have an answer.