Wearing many traditional pearl adornments around her neck and on her head, Marawato Esimaigelle tries to breastfeed for long minutes, sitting under a tree in the village of Gelmegure. Without success. Like many other mothers in the arid Marsabit county in northern Kenya, the drought has left her impoverished and she eats only one meal a day on average, not enough to produce milk in sufficient quantity and quality. After four disappointing rainy seasons (since autumn 2020), malnutrition is rife in East Africa where 23 million people suffer from extreme hunger (according to Oxfam) and 1.7 million children under 5 are at risk. starvation, as UNICEF claims.