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30 Apr 2017 description

Maize, sorghum, rice, and cowpea are the most important staple foods for Somalis. Maize and sorghum are the preferred staple in agriculture areas, while rice is more popular in pastoral and urban areas. Cowpea is an integral component of all households’ diets. Mogadishu is Somalia’s largest market with links to most markets in the country. Baidoa is a significant sorghum producing and consuming area. Qorioley is a large maize production area. Burao, Galkayo, and Dhusamareb are exclusively pastoral where people depend on purchases of domestically produced sorghum and imported rice.

30 Apr 2017 description

The livestock sector is central to the economic and cultural life of the Somali people. The sector provides food and income to over 60 percent of the country’s population. Burao and Galkayo are the largest livestock markets in the Horn of Africa especially for export sheep and goats from the Somali region of Ethiopia and parts of southern Somalia. The majority of the livestock exported through Berbera and Bosasso seaports transit or pass through these markets. Burao and Galkayo are two important reference markets for key pastoral livelihood zones of Hawd, Sool Plateau,

30 Apr 2017 description


18.8 million people in need

1,991,340 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)

84 % IDPs displaced for more than a year

1,048,896 IDP returnees

803,393 recipients of NFIs since March 2015

279,480 registered refugees and asylum seekers

15,948 new arrivals to Yemeni coast since 1 January 2017


30 Apr 2017 description

The Federal Government of Somalia met international partners at a high level meeting today in Mogadishu to prepare for the 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia.

30 Apr 2017 description


  • Uncertain prospects for 2017 “long-rains” crops due to early season dryness and fall armyworm infestations in key-producing areas

  • Reduced 2016 cereal output due to unfavourable weather conditions, particularly during the October-December “short-rains” season

  • Prolonged and severe drought affecting livestock conditions and productivity in most agro-pastoral and pastoral areas

  • Prices of maize surging to near-record to record levels in recent months

29 Apr 2017 description

Conflict drives severe food insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen; early season rainfall poor in the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

29 Apr 2017 description

Key Mission Findings
- According to the local authority, 41,530 people were displaced to Dhobley due to the drought. Most of the displaced households are integrated into host community.
- Most of the drought-displaced households in Dhobley came from riverine and agro-pastoral areas of Middle Juba and Bay regions, particularly from Qansaxdhere, Sakow, Buale and Jilib, which are inaccessible to humanitarian partners.

29 Apr 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

HARGEISA, Somalia, April 28 (KUNA) ­­ A Kuwaiti medical team on Friday checked 600 patients in the region of Somaliland, Somalia, and provided medical supplies for them.

The Shifaa (healing) medical team was keen to treat a large number of patients in the region as it visited patients' houses, and paid for costs of their treatment.

The team has provided a local hospital with medicines and medical equipment for more than 300 children. Meanwhile, health minister of Somaliland Soleeban Ahmad extolled Kuwait's humanitarian support for the region.

29 Apr 2017 description

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa.

Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is not enough,” explains Rozenn Botokro, a Handicap International rehabilitation specialist, and a pioneer of a stimulative physical therapy method which “breaks the cycle” of malnutrition, she explains.

28 Apr 2017 description


The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Apr 2017 description

by Alex de Waal

Stephen O’Brien, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the UN Security Council on March 10 on the famine in South Sudan and the dangers of imminent famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. O’Brien made a clear call to action. His opening words were, however, hyberbolic: “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

28 Apr 2017 description

FAO and WFP urge swift action to prevent hunger deaths in four countries hit by conflict

28 April 2017, Rome - The leaders of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

28 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition.

There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area. The assistance available is not enough to keep up with the need.

28 Apr 2017 description

The authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region must immediately halt plans to execute two boys sentenced to death by a military tribunal in February for their alleged role in the armed group Al-Shabaab’s killing of three senior administration officials, said Amnesty International.

The organization has learnt that Muhamed Yasin Abdi, 17, and Daud Saied Sahal, 15, could be put to death at any moment after five other boys -– all aged between 14 and 17 – were executed on 8 April for the killings.

28 Apr 2017 description

In a country where fewer than 1 in 10 girls attends secondary school, enrolling in university is a distant dream for most Somali girls.

Today Barwaaqo Jamac is a young health science student at Somaliland’s University of Hargeisa. She studies hard, and is one of the top students in her class. But the road to university was not easy sailing for Barwaaqo.

28 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 27 April 2017 – Over 1.7 million people have been reached with food security response activities in Somalia as part of the ongoing effort to avert a famine in the country and the drought response still needs to be scaled up to meet the increasing needs, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Vincent Lelei told a press briefing in the Somali capital today.

Mr. Lelei noted that the need to provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by the drought crisis continues to outpace response efforts.