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Mainstreaming climate-related disaster risk reduction in agriculture and food sectors in eastern Africa
November 2, 2017
Climate and weather related impacts have been substantial and continue to rise in the eastern Africa sub-region. To illustrate, the decadal average number of people affected by droughts has been multiplied seven folds from the 1981 baseline to the 2011 records, reaching a total of 157 million people affected between 1971 and 2015 across Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. Floods and landslides due to intense rainfall are the other major natural hazards, having affected more than 14 million people between 1971 and 2015.
Such high climate related impacts are due to the vulnerability of rainfed agriculture, which employs as much as 60 percent of the population while sharing as much as 30 percent contribution to national gross domestic products.