Drought in the Horn of Africa: regional analysis
Since late 2020, much of the Horn of Africa region has been experiencing severe drought . As of December 2022, many areas are now within their fifth consecutive failed rainy season and a sixth failed rainy season is predicted for 2023. These factors have resulted in the longest and most severe drought the region has experienced in recent history, surpassing that of 2010-2011 and 2016-17. Impacts have been varied and widespread. Around 21 million people were projected to be facing acute food insecurity across the region between October and December 2022, whilst over 8.9 million livestock have died across the region. Reduced access to surface water for livestock and human needs, as well as reduced availability of pasture, has affected pastoralist and agriculturalist communities throughout the region.