People are accustomed to drought conditions. But is there a new cycle where the droughts come more regularly, because of climate change?

‘The current drought is big, but the nomads and western charities helping people adapt say the problem is not the extreme lack of water so much as the fact that the land, the people and the animals have no time to recover from one drought to the next. “People now see that these droughts are coming more and more frequently. They know that they cannot restock. Breeding animals takes time. It take several years to recover. One major drought every 10 years is not a problem. But one good rainy season is not enough.”’

One obvious problem is people who have to treat cattle as ‘the bank’. There’s a fine line between having enough and famine in such situations., Guardian, 3 September 2009