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20-02-2017, Djibouti: The Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and member of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Committee of Ambassadors, HE James Pitia Morgan, this morning was received by the Director of Agriculture and Environment Division of IGAD and Official In Charge, Mr Mohamed Moussa, at the Secretariat in Djibouti for a courtesy call.

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15-02-2017, Djibouti – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning signed a Memorandum of Understanding with International Alert, a civil society organization towards enhancing cooperation and working partnership considering that the two organizations having common mandates, values and challenges. 

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The Drought Situation

The Horn of Africa is in the midst of a major drought resulting from La Niña and reduced moisture influx due to the cooling of the ocean water in the east African coast. Whilst Member States of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are adept at managing droughts, what makes the current drought alarming in the Equatorial Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region is that it follows two consecutive poor rainfall seasons in 2016 and the likelihood of depressed rainfall persisting into the March - May 2017 rainfall season remains high. The most affected areas include, most of Somalia, South-eastern Ethiopia, Northern Eastern and coastal Kenya, and Northern Uganda.

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