Parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing one of the worst droughts for 60 years, and more than 12 million people are desperately in need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.
Despite the urgency of the situation, most world leaders are responding too slowly.
While there is an immediate need for emergency aid, at the same time leaders cannot drop the ball on long term solutions as has too often happened in the past.
World leaders must find ways to get back on track with their promises to make long-term investments in food and farming in Africa, for example investing in seeds and fertilisers now to take advantage of the expected good rains later in the year. There is much that can still be done to save lives now and prevent similar disasters returning in the future.