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Somalia: Worst harvest since 2011

03 Sep 2019


Dweine District, Somaliland, April 2019. Credit: World Food Programme

Late and erratic rains, coupled with low river levels have led to Somalia’s poorest cereal harvest since 2011 – up to 70 per cent below average, according to the latest analysis from the Food and Agriculture Organization and Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

Without humanitarian assistance, up to 2.1 million people across Somalia will face severe hunger through December 2019, bringing the number of Somalis projected to be food insecure to 6.3 million by the end of the year.

If interventions are not scaled up, 1 million children are projected to be acutely malnourished.

Climatic shocks coupled with widespread poverty and vulnerability are key drivers to food insecurity and malnutrition in Somalia.

Humanitarian groups seek just over US $ 1 billion to save and protect lives in Somalia, but the plan is only 45 per cent funded, so far.

The Government and humanitarian community have also launched a revised Drought Impact Response Plan in July which calls for $686 million to prioritize urgent assistance for 4.5 million drought-affected people.