13 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing a hunger crisis.

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Battling Hunger in the Horn of Africa

A humanitarian crisis has slowly unfolded in the Horn of Africa. Drought, conflict, and rising food prices have affected more than 13 million people in the region. Since July, famine conditions have been declared in several southern regions of Somalia. WFP is reaching over 7.4 million drought-affected people, including 990,000 people in Somalia, 3.7 million in Ethiopia, and 2.7 million in Kenya.

The humanitarian community is closely coordinating its relief efforts in Somalia to try to reach as many people as possible. However, in some areas – marked by diagonal lines on the map – access for humanitarian organizations is limited

Operational efficiency

The figure of USD $0.50 per person per day is based on the average combined daily costs of World Food Programme's operations within Somalia, Ethiopia, & Kenya, as well as the number of people reached by those efforts.

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  • 13 million people in the Horn of Africa are affected
  • 50-200 Somali refugees are crossing into Ethiopia per day
  • 1,300 Somali refugees enter camps in Kenya every day
Hungry children in the Horn of Africa

About the Data

This map features operational data collected from organizations responding to the humanitarian emergency in Horn of Africa. The featured data was provided by the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) and the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU).

Population affected numbers are calculated by the FSNAU according to the urban and rural population estimates and the food security status of that region. Food Security Conditions layer data was provided by FEWS NET. Food security is classified in five IPC phases, with famine being the most severe.