A consultative meeting was convened in Djibouti between IGAD and its partners for a discussion on ending the drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa.

“The frequency for the droughts in our region has increased in the past years. There are no more questions if there will be a drought this year or next year; it is expected,” said Eng. Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD.

The Executive Secretary emphasized the need for building the capacity of IGAD Member States to mitigate the impact of the drought by implementing short and long term plans.

Among the delegates were officials and representatives from the African Development Bank, World Bank and the United Nations.