We spend a lot of time these days talking about how we're going to feed the world's growing population in 2050. But what about today's population?
The hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa is far from over, and another long dry season is about to begin. That's why Monsanto Company and the Monsanto Fund have partnered with the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) to match gifts made to provide aid to the region.
The Situation in Africa
The Horn of Africa region (indicated in photo at right) is experiencing the worst drought the area has seen in 60 years. Below-normal rains have left more than 12 million people with insufficient food and water. Refugee camps are swelling, hosting thousands of men, women and children, many of whom are not receiving enough to eat or drink. Kenya's Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world, receives thousands more people every day.
Right now, WFP USA is supporting the work of the World Food Programme (WFP) in its work to distribute fortified blended foods to refugee camps which are swelling by the thousands every day. These blended foods consist of partially precooked and milled cereals, soybeans fortified with micronutrients designed to meet the daily caloric requirements of people displaced by the drought and living in the refugee camps.