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22 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

For many months United Nations aid agencies have warned of an impending crisis in the Horn of Africa as drought, failed harvests and fighting in some areas led to increasing food insecurity. Now conditions are so grim that the UN has turned to a word it uses sparingly and specifically – famine.

Yesterday the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declared that a famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia, and warned that the famine could soon spread to the rest of southern Somalia.

27 Jan 2009 description

CERF Activities in 2009

In 2009, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) played a key role within the global humanitarian financing architecture. Some US $397 million was allocated to 466 humanitarian projects in 51 countries and territories. Grants went to kick-start operations in high-profile crises including the occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, and Somalia, which received the largest contribution from CERF ever. When emergencies struck, and Flash Appeals were issued, CERF was a rapid and significant source of funding.

17 Jul 2007 description

(New York: 17 July 2007): From getting medical treatment, building material and food to Afghan refugees to providing helicopters for distributing food in Sudan, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given almost $201 million for life-saving aid activities in the first half of 2007. The largest amounts of rapid response funding from the CERF during this period went to Mozambique ($11.2 million), Guinea ($9.8 million) and Chad ($7.2 million).