SOAS, University of London, Khalili Lecture Theatre.
Drought Conference Hosted by SOAS Somali Society and Drought Control Somalia.
Over the past 80 years, the number of recurring droughts in many parts of Somalia/Ethiopia/Kenya has drastically increased, as precipitation patterns in the region have changed. Droughts have increasingly become more frequent and extreme. This has only added to the existing issues of conflict and corruption which has to lead to an increase in food insecurity and malnutrition across the region. The direct humanitarian efforts have been commendable, despite this, there has been little or no focus on long term solutions. There will be three presentations followed by a panel discussion.
Dr Jorge De Torres – The Forgotten Horn: Rock Art and Archaeology in Somalia
Scott Darby – Creating ecosystems that provide drought resilience and increases food security.
Mohamud Haji Elmi – Utilising groundwater aquifers to alleviate the recurring problems of drought.
Panel members will include:
Dr Idil Osman – Journalist and senior teaching fellow at SOAS
Yusuf Dirie – PhD candidate for emerging technologies at Sussex University
Abdulkadir Elmi – UCL medical student and president of the UCL Somali society that recently raised 40k for the drought relief.
The panellists will share with us their research and ideas on practical sustainable solutions to drought and water security, using examples from case studies and success stories in other parts of the world. This will be a free event open to all, please register for a ticket.
To register please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/drought-control-somalia-13609049136