The drought affecting around 2 million people in Ethiopia’s southern and south-eastern lowlands is set to continue until October’s rainy season arrives experts have warned. The drought, which is also affecting other parts of the Horn and East Africa, has caused a depletion of grazing land and affected crop production. Traditional water sources have been significantly reduced by the current conditions. Aid-agencies and the UN, alongside the Ethiopian government, have begun to supply food in kind.. Water is also being taken by truck to remote areas where this essential natural resource is often scarcest. The country is also being affected by the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa which have resulted in a slowing of demand for Ethiopian cattle, while rising global food and fuel costs have increased the price of importing vital foodstuffs and other essential goods.