“We are poor because the season is always dry. Everything dies, every day, every day, every day," said Kenyan herder Tede Lokapelo.
"I met women who have walked for 20 days through the desert, with children dying on the way, only to arrive at a camp where there is hardly any food and water to go around."--Kristin Davis
Across the Sahel of West Africa, 10 million people are facing an acute food crisis. It’s now the middle of the “hunger gap” season, the difficult months, as families wait for the next harvest in September and October. Things will get more difficult day by day.
Drought across the Sahel has triggered the crisis, robbing farmers of healthy harvests and shrinking the pasture on which herders depend to feed their livestock. Chad, Mali, and Niger are the worst hit.
On the eve of a return visit to Ethiopia, I'm thinking about my family and the families I met there last year.
The New York Times reports that the food crisis is worsening in Zimbabwe where in “the hardest-hit communities, people are surviving on one meal a day and trading their cows for buckets of maize, the main staple food.” Read more about the crisis.
By changing the way we provide food aid, the US can help fight a global crisis.
The new labels, signs, and stickers have an additional benefit; they remind us how far our food travels, and who we have to thank for worrying about the irrigation, the sunlight, the pests, the weeding, and everything else that goes into growing and processing our food.