The economy is devastated, and more than 2.4 million South Sudanes live as refugees in neighbouring countries that include Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
In a continent where only 6% of arable land is currently irrigated, Ethiopia aims to allocate US$15 billion to irrigation development by 2020.
An expanding democratic space and high levels of corruption also mean that al-Shabaab is able to exploit Kenya’s governance weaknesses when it comes to security.
The author has been in the room during the big peace talks in the Horn of Africa, interviewing and befriending the region’s Big Men. The result is indigestible but brilliant.
Stunting rates range between 10% in prosperous areas of southern Nigeria to over 50% in parts of the north.