2 “We don’t have markets where we can buy food and we don’t have farms.
3 The only income we have is our cattle and we have lost it,” says Mohammed Noor Afey, a community leader in Garissa, Kenya.
4 In recent years, rainfed agriculture in the Horn of Africa has been paralyzed by lack of rain.
5 Now livestock, one of the key livelihood sectors, has also been severely affected by climate shocks, which have become more frequent and severe.
6 “Rain patterns are decreasing a lot and temperatures are increasing.
7 This means that even the water trays we have will not collect enough water,” says Samuel Odhiambo, director of Garissa County Kenya Meteorological Services.
8 The scarcity of water and feed for livestock has pushed many people to leave their homes.
9 “For the last three years, there has not been a single drop of rain.
10 All these houses have been abandoned by their people.
11 Few of us have stayed here,” says Garissa resident Dubey Ibrahim Werar.
12 Prolonged migration creates additional stress for livestock, making the animals more vulnerable to disease.
13 Staple food prices have hit a five-year high, while animal prices and daily wages continue to plummet.
14 Declining purchasing power has led to increased rates of malnutrition among the most vulnerable communities, who have limited access to a healthy diet and health care.
15 Droughts are slow-onset emergencies and weather forecasts for the Horn of Africa remain pessimistic.
16 “The weather department says we expect below average rainfall in the coming season, which means we are going to have a lot of problems in terms of deteriorating animal body condition,” says Mohammed Dubow Aden, Garissa County Coordinating Officer.
17 , Kenya Red Cross.
19 The International Committee of the Red Cross is working together with the Kenya Red Cross Society to help communities build resilience to erratic weather patterns.
20 The two organizations have been distributing relief food and animal feed in four drought-affected counties.
21 12,000 people received food and more than 30,000 received livestock feed.
22 At the same time, 2,000 households will receive cash support for three months.