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Drought Mitigation

Emergency Intervention Proposal for Horn Of Africa 2017


The short rains season in East Africa (October to December) largely failed with levels of rainfall comparable to those of 2010, resulting in reduced river flow levels, water scarcity for human and livestock consumption and widespread crop failures. This is the third consecutive year of drought in the region. The drought in the Horn is expected to further deteriorate over the coming months as a delayed start of the rainy season with depressed level of precipitation is forecast for March-May 2017. Source: UN OCHA http://hornofafrica.unocha.org

Below normal Long/Gy rains appear likely for Eastern East Africa - Climate Hazards Group http://blog.chg.ucsb.edu


Aquiess must be considered by UN and Greater Horn of Africa stakeholders, as a vital 'contributor' to restore urgently required rains for the long rainy season. We have proven capability, we are prepared to execute again,

Emergency Summit 4-min speech by Aquiess in Rome - link and a brief summary below.

Proof of Capability

Horn of Africa (August - December) 2011

In 2011 the company founders with Aquiess colleague Dr Mahendra Shah presented (and then demonstrated) the "acquisition of timely rainfall" to the UN FAO Emergency Summit in Rome - for the Horn of Africa Drought-Famine. (Famine Declared - link.) Dubai PR Network article on Aquiess - link. Watch the Aquiess YouTube speech - link. On execution of the project, above average rains progressively returned to the suffering countries of the Horn of Africa.

The rainfall outcome, which brought double the then recent 17-year average harvest, was not anticipated by meteorological forecasters and abruptly ended the crises. The FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) declared:

"The expected improvement in food security outcomes is largely due the Deyr harvest, which reached 200% of the post war average, and was the result of very good rains coupled with substantial multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance. The well-above average harvest has led to a significant reduction in local cereal prices in the most vulnerable areas in the south, improved purchasing power for pastoralists, and increased agricultural wage labour opportunities for poor agropastoral households. Juba, where prices of local cereal prices remain well above average due to flood damage to crops and trade restrictions, is an exception. The urban poor population in the south, have also benefitted from reduced cereal prices." - Download FSNAU statement.

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