How to stop drought aid 'coming with the vultures'


"You guys are coming when we have really suffered, when we have lost half of our herd and also when the vultures are descending from the sky."

A Kenyan pastoralist at a meeting about drought response.




What is being done to anticipate drought, rather than to deal with the consequences? In this episode we look at the effects of the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa, with 17 million people facing hunger and a fifth rainy season on the way. 

Experts from the Jameel Observatory, including Guyo Roba, head of the observatory, affiliate researcher Gary Watmough, and Stephen Mutiso from Save the Children, explain how we can hone drought preparation through collaboration and action.

Scripted by Madison Spinelli, Princeton-In-Africa Fellow at ILRI.


Read more:

Jameel Observatory

Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET)

A Dangerous Delay 2: The Cost of Inaction - a report by Jameel Observatory, Save the Children, and Oxfam


Listen to our podcast episode on drought insurance for pastoralists