- Food Security Outlook October to March 2015
- Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law - Amnesty
- Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini at the High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia Copenhagen, 20 November 2014
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2014
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
Aid workers use different modalities to expand humanitarian access
The people of Somalia are facing a deepening humanitarian crisis. Over 1 million Somalis are unable to meet their basic food requirements, an increase of 20 per cent since February this year. This is the first time the number of people in need of life-saving assistance has increased since the end of the devastating famine in 2011, an indication that the modest gains made in the last two years are being reversed. A further 2.1 million people are on the verge of slipping into acute food insecurity, bringing the number of people in need of humanitarian aid to 3.2 million.
The Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) remains severely underfunded. The plan has received a reported 34 per cent of the requested US$933 million. Entering the final quarter of 2014, humanitarian partners face significant funding gaps to respond to the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected people in Somalia.
Somalia is again facing a serious crisis due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, rising malnutrition, conflict and funding gaps. Over 3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and the numbers are on the rise. With another external shock, fragile gains made since the 2012 famine could be eroded and the country could easily tip back into another devastating emergency.
Over 1 million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity. This is a 20 percent increase, from 857,000 people, six months ago. This brings the number of people in need of humanitarian aid or livelihood support to over 3 million, according to new findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The worsening situation is due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, increasing malnutrition, insecurity and slow funding.
MALNUTRITION ON THE RISE
Somalia Strategic Response Plan 2014
The Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2014 is severely underfunded. The plan has received slightly above a third of the requested US$933 million. Over half a billion US dollars is still required to respond to the vast humanitarian needs in Somalia.
Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2014
The Somalia SRP was severely underfunded as of 31 July, having received US$269 million (29 per cent) of the $933 million requested.
This includes $19.4 million in carry-over funds. About $664 million is still required to fund the aid operations in 2014
Requirements and funding per cluster
Humanitarian needs in Somalia remained immense, with 2.9 million people requiring assistance. Poor rainfall, continued conflict, surging food prices, increasing malnutrition and the restricted flow of commercial goods all contributed to worsen an already fragile situation. A significant funding shortfall and access restrictions reduced response capacity to reach people in need.
Food security situation in Somalia is expected to deteriorate in the second half of the year, according to FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET). The food crisis could worsen due to poor and erratic rains, continued conflict, restricted flow of commercial goods, increasing malnutrition and surging food prices. Due to below normal rains, the overall harvest is expected to be poor, resulting in cereal prices rising significantly in the southern parts of Somalia.
Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2014
The Somalia SRP (previously referred to as CAP) was severely underfunded as of 30 June 2014, having received US$236 million (25 per cent) of the $933 million requested. This includes $19.4 million in carry-over funds. About $697 million is required to fund the aid operation in 2014.
SRP requirements and funding per cluster
Somalia Strategic Res ponse Plan (SRP) 2014
The Somalia SRP (previously referred to as CAP) had as of 17 June 2014 received US$211.85 million (23 per cent) of the $933 million requested. This includes $19.4 million in carry-over funds. About $721 million is required to meet the 2014 SRP requirements.
Somalia is at risk of sliding back into emergency. Early warnings that the food security situation is likely to worsen due to a combination of erratic and delayed Gu (April-June) rains, a disrupted planting season, and a blockage of supply routes leading to rising food prices. Resumption of rainfall since early May have helped alleviate moisture stress on planted crops in agriculture dependent areas and replenished water and pasture in pastoral areas. Even with erratic rains, parts of southern Somalia have experienced flash floods which have destroyed crops and displaced households.
Somalia’s fragile humanitarian situation is at risk of sliding back into emergency. Some 857,000 people, most of them displaced, are already in need of urgent life-saving assistance at least through June 2014. Early warnings indicate that the combination of the delayed Gu rains (April to June), a disrupted planting season and rising food prices in areas affected by a military offensive could further worsen the humanitarian situation in the country.
Somalia is at risk of sliding back into crisis because its fragile food security situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming months. This is due to a combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict especially in agro-pastoral areas of southern and central Somalia. Conditions are worryingly similar to the pre-famine period of 2010. Despite the serious situation, funding for Somalia in 2014 is critically low.
The military offensive by the Somali National Armed Forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia in southern and central Somalia began one month ago.
Since then, six regions have been directly affected. The offensive has so far led to the temporary movement of over 40,000 people.
This is against a backdrop of 2.9 million people who need immediate life-saving and livelihoods support. Somalia continues to be one of the most volatile and operationally challenging environments for humanitarian workers.
Compared to six months ago, the number of people projected to be in ‘crisis and emergency’ conditions over the next six months has slightly reduced to 857,000 from 870,000.