Donors have pledged 1.39 billion dollars for humanitarian and development response to the drought in the Horn of Africa that has left more than 15 million people severely food insecure across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It is the region’s worst drought in 40 years. The US government has pledged over 200 million dollars in assistance through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State to provide emergency food assistance to millions of people struggling to meet basic food, water, agriculture, and livestock needs amid the unprecedented drought in the region. The Canadian government says it will provide over 73 million dollars. Pastoralists and farmers in Somali, Oromia and Southern regional states – the areas affected most in Ethiopia – have lost more than 1.5 million heads of livestock to the drought thus far.
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