The drought in Somalia demonstrates how such a climate crisis multiplies the threats to people on a large scale, affecting life, livelihood, agriculture, industry, and national security. Millions of livestock have died in Somalia alone, as the drought damages the main source of income for 80% of the country’s population. Climate change is accelerating the frequency and severity of droughts and people are pummeled year after year with disaster until nothing is left. They leave rural areas, pouring into urban displacement camps with minimal job prospects, becoming dependent on aid.
HAP is encouraging farmers to grow resilient food crops and herders to use breeding practices that require less water. Communities are also encouraged to have contingency plans and receive training to monitor climate risks in their area to react more efficiently, and earlier, to natural hazards.