USAID Administrator to Hold Press Conference on Drought in the Horn of Africa

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
USAID Press Office

NAIROBI, KENYA - The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi will hold a press conference tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. local time for Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Shah will have just returned from a one-day trip to visit crisis affected communities in Northern Kenya (Wajir and the Ifo Camp within the Dadaab complex) and will explain the U.S. response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Dr. Shah will reiterate USAID's commitment to support these communities, as well as those in Ethiopia and Somalia that have been affected by the drought, and to ensure them of the Obama Administration's concern. A rapidly escalating succession of challenging events -- crop failure, livestock deaths, prices beyond what most families can afford -- all compounded by a lack of rain, have left millions in need of additional assistance over the days and months ahead. The American People have helped more than 4.1 million East Africans through the provision of $383 million in fiscal year 2011 including emergency food and water, health care and hygiene supplies.



Press Conference to Address Drought in Horn of Africa


USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah


Wednesday, July 20


6:00 p.m. Local Time


Ole Sereni Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya


Interested media should be in place no later than 5:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Ms. Hilda Nakhwanga at 072-238-3605.

For more information about USAID's response in the Horn of Africa, please visit

Last updated: June 14, 2017

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