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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

East African govts fight drought with new strategies

Governments of the Horn of Africa under the aegis of Inter-Governmental Authority of Development (IGAD) are working towards fighting drought and famine through the application of early warning mechanisms, reports CoastWeek.
Leaders of the seven countries that make up IGAD recently met in Kenya, which resulted in creation of new strategies to enable the region battle drought and famine.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that participants asserted that most of the requests for support made by IGAD from donors are usually meant to address drought emergency cases.
Participants also agreed the new plan should be based on addressing resilience and should be backed by a very strong drought early warning mechanisms that is well linked to institutions that coordinate response.
Mahboub Maalim, IGAD Executive Secretary affirmed the need to undertake and sustain long term programs aimed at vulnerability reduction and resilience building, following the changing cycle of drought where it was now occurring every two years. 
Highlighting the need for infrastructural investments in dry land areas to facilitate creation of wealth, Mahboub Maalim said “The region requires long term investments that will form the bedrock of this resilience. Short term projects should well link to the overall long term objectives." Readmore
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