Severe drought in Uganda brings warning of famine

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Thousands of Ugandans face a humanitarian crisis as hot, dry weather seriously threatens water and food supplies in 30 per cent of the country’s territory, IRIN reports.

Residents are being forced to walk long distances in search of water and crop yields are being hurt by the nine-month-long drought, caused by La Niña. Meteorologists say that expected rainfall in March won’t suffiently ease the drought, which is expected to continue until mid-2011.

Neighbouring Kenya is also suffering from water scarcity. The CIAT-produced Two Degrees Up: Kenya photo story documents the situation and how some farmers are adapting to rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall.

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