Somalia: Food Assistance Cluster Indicators (as of 23 July 2012) - Info graphic

Analysis

Achievements
Cluster members used various interventions to ensure that vulnerable populations had easy access to food. These included food distribution, wet feeding and food for assets to develop, build or restore livelihood assets. Similarly, activities aimed at responding to under five food nutrition needs were implemented. Other projects also supported included emergency school feeding and cash relief programmes. The cash relief interventions were aimed at increasing the purchasing power of drought and famine affected households and hence their ability to meet the rising costs of essential basic food items. The reports from the five CHF funded projects shows that majority of the beneficiaries were in the southern regions of Banadir and Middle Juba.

Challenges
Prolonged Deyr rains in November rendered most roads impassable within Somalia. While the impact on the cost of delivering humanitarian assistance was not fully quantified, logistics challenges negatively impacted on timeliness and cost effectiveness.
The ban of 16 organisations from operating in Al Shabaab controlled areas further restricted humanitarian access. By end of December the FAC estimated that 1.8 million people were excluded from receiving food assistance due to constraints in access occasioned by the ban and other factors.
Monitoring and reporting on cluster activities remained a challenge in Somalia due to limited access especially in South Central areas.

Best practices/ Lessons learned
To facilitate a coordinated and technically sound response and improve food access in Somalia, the cluster undertook the monthly comprehensive gap analysis of member response/activities. Through the collaboration of the Agriculture and Livelihood cluster a comprehensive gap analysis on food access was produced using a kilocalorie approach. The GAP analysis and its wide circulation helped inform the humanitarian community on where scale up was needed. This was a good tool for advocacy especially after the ban of 16 organisations from operating in southern Somalia.

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