Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018
- Somalia: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
Maps & Infographics
Most read reports
- UnSettlement: Urban displacement in the 21st century: City of flight -New and secondary displacements in Mogadishu, Somalia (November 2018)
- Drought Crisis in Somalia: More coordination is needed to face upcoming humanitarian crises
- Somalia Seasonal Monitor: December 13, 2018
- Somalia Drought Crisis - Water Price Monitoring Somalia, October 2018
- Somalia: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 11 December 2018)
Nutrition Situation in Somalia
In November 2008, FSAU, in collaboration with partners, conducted six nutrition surveys in Somalia using the standard survey methodology1. The population groups assessed were: IDPs in Bosasso and Shabelle regions, pastoralists in the Hawd and Addun livelihood zones and the agro-pastoralists and riverine livelihood zones in the Shabelle regions (See Map 1). One further assessment was conducted in the Bosasso urban population using the LQAS methodology.
Although the seasonal rains between late Sept to early November were largely normal in the drought affected pastoral regions of Central Somalia, the Humanitarian Crisis is continuing as confirmed by recent FSAU and partner nutrition surveys results (November 13-21, '08), which indicate continuing high rates of global acute malnutrition (GAM) of 18.8% and 21%. Even more alarming are the levels of severe malnutrition (SAM) at 3.8% and 5.8%, which is elevated from 2.3% and 2.8% in the May 2008 nutrition surveys.
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.
In October 2008 FSAU, in collaboration with partners, commenced the second cycle of seasonal nutrition surveys for the Deyr '08/09 season.
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Current Rainfall and NDVI
1. Actions to increase humanitarian space to ensure that growing number of populations in need, receive assistance.
More than 3.2 Million People in Humanitarian Crisis
The humanitarian disaster unfolding in Somalia is one of the worst in world. The scale, magnitude and speed at which the crisis is deteriorating are alarming and profound. Within the first six months of this year, the number of people requiring emergency livelihood and humanitarian support increased 77%, from 1.83 million to 3.25 million, affecting 43% of the entire population of the country, according to the just released FSAU Post Gu '08 Assessment. The level of human suffering and deprivation is shocking.
Although the findings of the post Gu assessment will not be out before August, it is evident that the total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance (AFLC and HE), will increase from the current 2.6 million over the next six months and in the worst case scenerio could reach up to 3.5 million people by the end of the year. This is due to the combined impact of the poor Gu rains, the sustained and still increasing food prices, continuing currency devaluation, and increased conflict and civil insecurity.
Nutrition Situation: Findings from recent nutrition assessments in South Central Somalia indicate sustained unacceptably high rates of acute malnutrition*, above the emergency thresholds, with further deterioration in parts of the region.
In May 2008, FSAU and partner agencies conducted a total of eleven nutrition assessments in Shabelle, Gedo, Bakool, Central and Nugal regions.
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The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating at an accelerated pace due to the combination of sky rocketing food prices, a significantly devalued Somali Shilling, a deepening drought following an abnormally harsh dry season and a delayed and poor start to the seasonal rains (mid-April to June), and increasing civil insecurity. As result the number of people in need of assistance has increased to 2.6 million people (35% of the total population), which is an increase of more than 40% since January '08 (up from 1.83 million).
This increase is mainly due to the …
The Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FAO/FSAU) confirms that the humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating at an accelerated pace due to sky rocketing food prices, a deepening drought due to an abnormally harsh dry season and a delayed and poor start to the seasonal rains (mid-April to June). As a result the number of the number of people in need of assistance has increased to 2.6 million people in Somalia (35% of the total population), which is an increase of more than 40% since January '08.
El Berde District, Bakool Region Preliminary Findings:
FSAU, IMC and SRCS conducted a 2 stage cluster sampling nutrition assessment in El Berde District, Bakool Region, in April 2008. The results indicated a Very Critical nutrition situation with global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels of 24.1% (18.5-29.7) and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) levels of 2.8% (1.2-4.4). These results are very alarming and warrant immediate intervention.
UNDP 2005 Total Population (1)
Assessed and Contingency Population in AFLC and HE
Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis
Humanitarian Emergency (HE)
Total in AFLC or HE
as % of Region