The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is warning that millions of people in Ethiopia and neighboring nations are on the brink of starvation due to droughts and ongoing conflicts.
An FAO alert warns that more than 11 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia are in desperate need of assistance. The organization says food shortages are especially severe in Somalia where two-million people need humanitarian assistance.
The FAO says the rainy season, which usually comes October through December, did not occur this year, resulting in widespread crop failure.
The U.N. agency says early estimates show that more than one-million people in Ethiopia's Somali Region are facing severe food shortages. It says $40 million is needed to stave off starvation in the region.
Overall, more than eight million people in Ethiopia rely on food assistance.