Millions of people in the arid regions of the Horn of Africa face significant threats from increasing severity and frequency of droughts, resulting from dramatically decreased annual rainfall. The 2011 drought in East Africa caused food shortages for ten million people, and led to over 260,000 deaths in Somalia alone. The recent 2016-2017 drought in Kenya resulted in 3 million people facing food insecurity. Historic responses to drought are reactive, involving emergency assistance which saves lives but then disappears when the immediate crisis dissipates. We can end this cycle of drought emergencies in arid regions of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. The solution is DRIP - the Drought Resilience Impact Platform, which ensures that even when rains fail, water is available and drought emergencies no longer cause crises for people in the Horn of Africa. DRIP will empower institutions and communities to use evidence-based responses that maintain consistent safe water availability.
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