Horn of Africa food insecure due to drought

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Horn of Africa faces drier weather

“Even though [this particular region] is getting drier, there are lots of places in Eastern Africa that are climatically secure.” – Christopher Funk, US Agency for International Development

by Emma Brown

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  • Ancient climatic evidence indicates global warming will increase aridity
  • But other climate models predict region will see more rain
  • The region is among world’s most highly food insecure due to drought

The eastern Horn of Africa may be getting drier — not wetter as currentclimate change models predict, a study shows.

The study, published in Science Advances last week (9 October), shows that the region, which includes Djibouti, eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, faces increasing dryness as global temperatures rise. The finding raises serious concerns as the area is already one of the most food insecure and drought-prone regions in the world. In recent decades, decreasing rainfall…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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