Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Deyr food security and nutrition results for Somalia

Somalia: Over 1.5 million people remain food insecure, says latest analysis
Poor October-December rains, after-effects of 2016/17 drought and conflict are key drivers 

Mogadishu, Somalia: Over 1.5 million people will face “Crisis” (IPC level 3, as measured by the international IPC scale) or worse levels of food insecurity over the next six months, according to the latest analysis released by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) in Somalia, a programme  of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network in Somalia (FEWS NET, funded by USAID). 

An additional 3.4 million people are likely to be in “Stressed” levels (IPC 2) during the same period and need support to avoid them falling into “Crisis” or worse.

Below-average seasonal Deyr (October-December 2018) rains, the lingering impacts of the large-scale destitution and destruction that resulted from the 2016/17 drought, and protracted conflict are the key drivers behind the projected level of food insecurity, the analysis says. 

Continued humanitarian support will be needed in 2019 to prevent the situation from deteriorating. This includes livelihood assistance that will enable farmers, pastoralists and fisher folk to take advantage of the next Gu rainy season (April-June 2019), building on additional support interventions aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities.

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