(Mogadishu, 8 February 2016): The food security and malnutrition situation in Somalia is alarming, especially in parts of Puntland and Somaliland, which have been hard hit by drought exacerbated by El Niño and require urgent attention. This is according to the latest food security and nutrition assessment for Somalia, which was released today in Mogadishu by the FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) in collaboration with Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). The situation is critical and could get worse.
(Mogadishu, 19 January 2016) - The humanitarian community in Somalia today launched a prioritized Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2016 in Mogadishu calling on the international community to ensure predictable and timely funding. The new plan is seeking USD $885 million to reach 3.5 million people with urgent life-saving assistance by the end of 2016.
(Mogadishu, 9 October 2015): Aid agencies are ramping up efforts to mitigate the impact of the El Niño phenomenon in Somalia between October and December. More than 600,000 people in southern and central Somalia and in Puntland are likely to be affected by flooding, which may result in disease and deterioration in the food security and nutritional situations. In Somaliland, the El Niño could further exacerbate drought conditions in some coastal areas.
A stable, prosperous and democratic country is a top priority for the wider Somali national interests and international community. Working within the ‘Somali Compact’ and the ‘New Deal Initiative’, this paper outlines how to help the state to deliver better quality health services to more of those who need them the most.
Thank you very much. My name is Peter de Clercq and I am the Humanitarian Coordinator here in Somalia.
Thank you very much to the representatives of Somali and international media for joining us today, for this briefing on this latest assessment, and also for a response on questions around the situation in Somalia more broadly.
Also, thanks of course also to our colleagues in FAO, and to the colleagues in the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for this overview of the new food security findings in Somalia.