A woman who belongs to a women's farming collective.


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Horn of Africa crisis

In 2011 the Horn of Africa had the worst drought in 60 years. Donor support from New Zealand, including the New Zealand government, contributed more than $560,000 to a multi-million dollar international Caritas response to the crisis.

A woman who belongs to a women's farming collective.

Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and surrounding countries were the worst affected. Our work has been focused in Kenya, where our Humanitarian Programmes Officer Mark Mitchell visited in March and November 2012. He reported that food security in Kenya improved following the harvests from the October-November short rains and the scaled up humanitarian response that was implemented in the most affected areas.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand sent $560,000 towards recovery in 2011 and 2012.

Read case studies of two women who have survived the drought with the help of Caritas.

Funding from New Zealand Aid Programme

A Caritas water project in the Meru district of eastern Kenya featured in coverage of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Horn of Africa crisis. The New Zealand government programme contributed $238,000 towards our work in Kenya.

Read more:

Caritas Horn and East Africa appeal to help millions in worst drought for 60 years - media release

Caritas pledges $50,000 towards Horn of Africa - media release

East Africa after the food crisis - Caritas Internationalis

On the crisis from the Caritas blog

View a slideshow of Caritas’ response to the Horn of Africa drought 2011 – intended outcomes, achievements and lessons learnt. Prepared for presentation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, May 2012. Download from bottom of page as either powerpoint (11 MB) or pdf (1 MB).




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