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The ongoing Horn of African drought saw women receiving food aid outside of Mogadishu, Somalia. Women who fled drought line up to receive food distributed at a camp for displaced persons in the Daynile neighborhood on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 18, 2019 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).

Africa’s Crippling Drought Shows the Importance of Climate Change Adaptation

Monday, July 22, 2019

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on food security around the world.

In the short term, it is critical to respond to the immediate food shortages being caused by persistent African drought conditions. But the search for more lasting solutions may actually mean looking back to traditional systems.

Persistent drought conditions across large swaths of Africa have left tens of millions in need of food assistance, particularly in the semi-arid eastern and southern regions of the continent. These areas are on the forefront of the fight against global climate change and will be increasingly hard-pressed to adapt as extreme weather events like droughts, floods and hurricanes become more common. In an email interview with WPR, William G. Moseley, a professor of geography and director of the Program for Food, Agriculture & Society at Macalester College, explains how national governments and aid groups are responding to the current drought and how the affected countries are adjusting to the new reality of extreme, climate change-induced weather patterns.

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