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12 Jun 2009 description


Growing Humanitarian Emergency (HE) for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): The depth and severity of the IDP Humanitarian Emergency is increasing. The total number of 'new' IDPs increased by more than 100,000 people in May alone, which places the total number of new IDPs in Somalia at more than 1.3 million people. Evidence suggests that this number may continue to increase in the coming months, as populations flee to safety both within and outside Somalia. Fighting between the government and opposition forces has intensified since early May.

20 May 2009 description


Over the last fifteen years, Somalia's private sector has expanded, facilitating the growth of a system of trade that

has contributed to the rise of markets throughout the country. The development of Somalia's urban centres and their linkage to rural livelihoods has prompted FSAU to shift an analytical focus to urban economic activities to ensure that urban populations' livelihood systems are sufficiently captured and that their needs are adequately addressed by the humanitarian, and development community.

20 May 2009 description

Urban Livelihood Description

- Baidoa is the capital city of Bay region with a population of 59,110 people (UNDP Population Estimates, 2005).

- The town is divided into four quarters, namely Horseed, Hawl Wadaag, Berdaale, and Isha. Each quarter is further divided into six sections. Each section consists of two subsections and the smallest subsection represents 50-350 households.

- Baidoa is situated 245 km west of Mogadishu and 240 km southeast of the Ethiopian border.

- Baidoa is the trading centre of the Sorghum-Belt, Somalia's sorghum breadbasket.

20 May 2009 description

    Baseline livelihood assessments are necessary to understanding how a livelihood functions during a specific and average year. They are also essential to conducting successful monitoring of any livelihood system, providing the informational base with which to compare any new threats, shocks, or hazards to that livelihood.

30 Apr 2009 description

New Name for Nutrition Surveillance Project for Somaila

As of March 1st 2009, the Food Security Analysis Unit and the Nutrition Surveillance Project for Somalia have been renamed as the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU). This new name reflects a new integration of both nutrition and food security units into one overall project and represents the start of a 4 year project phase. All future publications therefore will refer to the FSNAU.

24 Dec 2008 description


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.

01 Dec 2008 description

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.

31 Oct 2008 description


Nutrition Situation:

In October 2008 FSAU, in collaboration with partners, commenced the second cycle of seasonal nutrition surveys for the Deyr '08/09 season.

14 Aug 2007 description

Released Jointly by The Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FAO/FSAU) and FEWSNET Somalia

The food security and nutrition situation has deteriorated dramatically since March in the Lower and Middle Shabelle regions of Somalia, generally the most resilient region and 'bread basket' of the country.

31 Dec 2006 description


The current situation in Somalia, with the recent flooding in parts and the displacement as a result of the current conflict, is likely to have a negative impact on the nutritional status of the vulnerable groups.

30 Nov 2006 description


Preliminary findings from the Hawd of Hargeisa Nutrition Assessment conducted in November 2006 indicate typical levels of 1global acute malnutrition (GAM) of 5.0- 9.9%.

The heavy flooding affecting parts of South and Central Somalia has caused some 2destruction of assets, underground food stores and population displacement.

20 Mar 2006 description

Update on Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Somalia
Update of Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Somalia: The food security situation in crisis areas in the South is continuing to deteriorate at an accelerated rate.

Distress Population Migration: Distress livestock and human migrations (both of whole and split families) are continuing and increasing throughout the worst affected regions (page 1)

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.

31 Aug 2005 description


In response to requests from readers, the pair of maps which allow an understanding of both longer term trends and current situation are once again presented. Updates on the situation in Gedo and Juba Valley show continuing cause for concern in these areas.


19 Jun 2003 description

This issue highlights the plight of communities affected by continued insecurity in Lower Jubba where access for humanitarian organisations continues to be a major constraint in the delivery of appropriate assistance.