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21 Nov 2008 description

Overall, Deyr rains are considered to be normal, resulting in regeneration of pasture, normal crop establishment and improved water availability. The outlook for the Deyr season is expected to be normal in most of the central and south. Pasture, and water availability has improved and migration patterns are resuming to normal in most areas. Cereal crop establishment and development is good in main producing areas of the south.

13 Mar 2006 description

Based on early predictions for the upcoming Gu rainy season (April-June), the Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSAU), together with FEWS NET/Somalia, is issuing an early warning that parts of Southern Somalia are at High Risk of Famine/Humanitarian Catastrophe from July to December 2006. This is mainly due to severe lack of access and availability of both food and water resulting from an abnormally severe drought and persistent civil insecurity.

26 Jan 2006 description

Highlights: Post Deyr 2005/6 Seasonal Assessment

Following early indications of a seriously deteriorating food security situation in Southern Somalia, FSAU and FEWSNET began to issue early warnings in November '05, advanced the timeline of its Deyr assessment fieldwork, and expanded both the duration and coverage of field work in the South in order to generate a more in-depth understanding of the rapidly evolving crisis. Fieldwork by FSAU with FEWSNET Somalia and another forty different partners was undertaken throughout December '05.

24 Feb 2005 description

The limited services available for malnourished children in Somalia have forced families with severely malnourished children to travel long distances to Galkayo in search of therapeutic care. Meanwhile, FSAU has commenced intensified nutrition related sentinel site based surveillance activities in areas of heightened concern in the North East. This system has already proved valuable in the Sool Plateau.

25 Mar 2004 description

This month we present the preliminary results of the first stage of a study on the relationship between nutrition, dietary diversity and food security in Somalia. The study results have provided interesting material for further discussion and analysis.

While continuing to highlight a number of areas of concern throughout the country, a summary of a food security and nutrition project evaluation in Southern Somalia suggests some options for longer term interventions aimed at overcoming both longer term food insecurity and seasonal food deficits.

17 Dec 2003 description

This report provides an interim update on the Sentinel Site Surveillance System in Sool Plateau which shows evidence of increasing malnutrition. The more detailed report will be presented in next month's Food Security Report. Surveillance of the drought affected areas is being expanded from Sool Plateau to include surrounding areas including the Haud of Togdheer.

17 Apr 2003 description

Within camps for displaced persons in Kismayo town, an increase in levels of malnutrition between November 2002 and March 2003 can partly be explained by reduced access to food of adequate quality and quantity due to increase in prices of basic commodities. However, an increased level of access by the humanitarian community is likely to be conducive to addressing some of the factors contributing to the continued longer-term vulnerability of these households.

14 Jan 2003 description


25 Nov 2002 description

Following the late circulation of a very detailed Nutrition Update last month, this month's publication focuses mainly on the results of the recent nutrition survey in Gedo.

06 Nov 2002 description


  • The FSAU FOCUS "2002 Gu Season and Food Security Implications" will be disseminated via e-mail and distributed to FSAU users in mid-November. Copies will also be available at FSAU offices from alex.williams@fsau.or.ke

  • The field work for the FSAU Belet Hawa Nutrition Survey with partners was carried out between 18-24 October 2002. Preliminary information and analysis is available in the October Issue of Nutrition Update.

31 Oct 2002 description

This month, we present some preliminary information on the just completed nutrition survey in Belet Hawa which shows a significant improvement from the appallingly high rates of just ten months ago. The extent to which this improvement is related to the significant ongoing humanitarian interventions is currently being analysed.

In response to concerns about populations in riverine villages of Middle Juba, an assessment was undertaken which confirmed the existence of a serious problem and then reports on the short and longer term interventions now in place.