A giant herd of cattle has fled from northern Kenya into the Borena zone in Ethiopia to escape a drought. The herd numbers more than 200,000. It is ONE OF THE LARGEST MOVEMENTS OF CATTLE IN 10 YEARS. The drought has seen farmers abandoning their villages in search of water in recent months. The drought has also hit the country's capacity to generate hydro-electricity and last week electricity rationing was introduced. In January, 10 million Kenyans were facing starvation.
The "famine food" of trees can keep drought-hit communities alive when all other food crops fail, says Miranda Spitteler. In this week's Green Room, she argues that policy makers need to recognise the important role trees play in providing emergency food aid.