February 2012, Tillabery, Niger: Over the past quarter century, the world has become more drought prone. During this period, more than 1.1 billion people have been affected by droughts which are projected to become more widespread, intense and frequent as a result of climate change. Credit: Nicole Lawrence/ OCHA.
May 2013, Marshall Islands: About 11,000 people in the Marshall Islands – a small nation of about 54,000 people in the northern Pacific – are currently affected by drought following months of little or no rain. Credit: OCHA
2012, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe: Drought conditions in southern Zimbabwe saw Tendai Chikozho’s maize crop fail. Recurrent drought has left more than 1.7 million people in the southern African nation in need of food aid, according to WFP. Credit: OCHA/Matilda Moyo
2012, Faryab, Afghanistan: A herder feeds his livestock in a drought-stricken northern Afghanistan. “Droughts are hard to avert, but their effects can be mitigated,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: IRIN/ Heba Aly
2011, northern Kenya: Somali woman and children walk through a dust storm at the Dagahaley refugee camp in Kenya. “(The) price of preparedness is minimal compared to the cost of disaster relief,” said Mr Ban in his statement on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Credit: UNICEF/ Kate Holt
February 2012, Molia, Niger: Villagers in Niger tend a community garden that feeds 100 families. “Disaster preparedness and resilience saves lives and helps millions of people cope better with desertification and drought,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos. Credit: OCHA/ David Ohana