The Horn of Africa – France’s call for aid.
A lack of rainfall is at the root of the situation; some areas have not seen rain for 4 years. Harvests, especially of grains, have dropped sharply, leading to soaring prices in agricultural commodities.
Entire populations are experiencing a dire famine that is fueling a mass exodus.
The Daadab refugee camp in Kenya, at the Somali border, holds the sad record of being the largest in the world. There are currently 350,000 people crammed inside with climate refugees arriving since January swelling their ranks. Health agencies have alerted to severe child malnutrition.
Confronted with this emergency, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF launched an appeal for donations on July 1st.
Awareness is growing, but the current emergency requires immediate assistance.
In such a dire situation, there are two overlapping timeframes: immediate and long-term action. France has already acted on the first with the trip undertaken on July 23 and 24 by its Minister of Agriculture, Bruno Le Maire. The second must focus on a profound reform of the agricultural market. The Agricultural G20 last June has set the course. What remains to be accomplished is the implementation of effective means of regulation, especially concerning food speculation and the volatile market of agricultural commodities.
Now though, is time for emergency action. For climate refugees, for those who are unwillingly dependent on precarious conditions of existence, the Fondation Chirac is calling on the G8 members to mobilize food stocks and the necessary logistical means to deploy international aid.