Somalia Food Security Update May 2013

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 19 May 2013 View Original

Floods damaged significant riverine and rainfed cropped areas

KEY MESSAGES

• Despite the improvements in the current food security conditions due to good Gu rains since March, over onemillion people estimated by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU), FEWS NET, and partners during January 2013 will likely still remain food insecure through September, primarily at Stressed or Crisis (IPC Phases 2 or 3) (Figures 1 and 2).

• High productivity riverine and agropastoral areas of the South will likely experience a below average crop harvest due to flooding. Early estimates are for up to 6,000 hectares (ha) of crops being flooded and up to 1,500 households displaced. This situation will likely result in increased local cereal prices and deteriorating food security outcomes.

• Improved livestock production and values in most pastoral areas of the country will likely result in increased access to milk and meat. As a result, pastoral food security outcomes will likely improve through September. However, coastal areas of the central and northeastern regions will likely face deteriorating food security between now and September due to declining livestock production.