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15 Mar 2016 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO’s) cash and voucher programmes benefit smallholder farmers who are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, market volatility, conflicts and protracted crises.

Cash and vouchers play a critical role in response to crises or shocks when farmers and pastoralists no longer have the ability to purchase food, agricultural inputs or livestock because their assets have been damaged or depleted.

29 May 2015 description


In November 2012, the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) conducted a baseline assessment in the Kakaar-Dharoor Pastoral livelihood zone. The purpose of the exercise was to measure the extent, depth, and the underlying causes of vulnerability to livelihoods and food insecurity in this livelihood zone.

20 May 2015 description

Key findings

This brochure presents the preliminary findings of an FAO study on the impact of natural hazards and disasters on the agriculture sector and sub–sectors in developing countries.

The core findings of the study are:

  • The agriculture sector – including crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry – absorbs approximately 22 percent of the economic impact caused by medium and large scale natural hazards and disasters in developing countries;

17 Mar 2015 description

Agriculture bears major brunt of disaster impacts, new report says

FAO launches facility aimed at channeling technical expertise, financial resources towards resilience building

17 March 2015, Sendai, Japan - Nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector according to initial results from a new FAO study released here today at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 Jan 2015 description


The Horn of Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda covers approximately 5.2 million square kilometers with more than 65% of the land receiving less than 500mm of rainfall annually. This region is home to over 217 million people with diverse and rich culture, resources and opportunities which have enabled them to harness livelihoods over the years.

05 Sep 2014 description
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Latest findings from a joint assessment by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU), the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and other partners indicate that an estimated 1 025 000 people across Somalia are experiencing acute food security Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4) from August to December 2014. Over 2.1 million additional people are in acute food insecurity Stressed (IPC Phase 2) conditions.

02 Sep 2014 description

A 20 percent increase since January 2014

2 September 2014, Nairobi/Washington - The gradual recovery and gains made since the end of the famine in 2012 are being lost as poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian assistance led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia. Acute malnutrition increased in many parts of the country, particularly among children.

The situation is likely to continue deteriorating further until the start of the Deyr rains in October.

13 Feb 2014 description


•Two consecutive favourable rainy season benefited pasture and livestock

•Prices of cereals are stable while vegetable prices decline

•Improvements seen in food access for vulnerable pastoralists, but food assistance is still needed

05 Sep 2013 description


  • Below average 2013 “gu” cereal crops expected in central/southern areas following unfavourable rains, pest outbreaks and reduced planted area

  • Off-season crop production forecast at above average levels

  • Early start of the dry “hagaa” season (July to September) has negatively impacted on pasture and water availability in the north-east

  • Prices of cereals declined in August in most markets Just over one million people are in need of humanitarian assistance (about two thirds are IDPs in settlements)

15 Jul 2013 description


  • Early cessation of rains affect 2013 “gu” crops to be harvested in August in central/southern areas

  • Early start of the dry “hagaa” season (July to September) has negatively impacted on pasture and water availability in the north-east

  • Prices of coarse grains increase seasonally as the lean season peaks

  • Just over one million people are in need of humanitarian assistance (about two thirds are IDPs in settlements)

11 Jun 2013 description


  • Favourable rains in the current 2013 main “gu” cropping season, benefit cereal yields
  • Good availability of pasture and water in most pastoral areas
  • Prices of coarse grains increase seasonally as the lean season peaks, but remain lower than one year ago
  • Just over one million people are in need of humanitarian assistance (about two thirds are IDPs in settlements)
  • Food security expected to improve from July as green harvesting of 2013 “gu” crops starts
02 May 2013 description

Study Suggests 258,000 Somalis died due to severe food insecurity and famine

Half of deaths were children under 5

NAIROBI/WASHINGTON May 2, 2013 — A new study estimates that famine and severe food insecurity in Somalia claimed the lives of about 258,000 people between October 2010 and April 2012, including 133,000 children under 5.

07 Mar 2013 description


  • FAO’s first forecast for world wheat production in 2013 stands at 690 million tonnes, about 28 million tonnes up from 2012 and the second largest crop on record. The increase is expected mostly in Europe, driven by an expansion in area in response to high prices, and in some countries due to an expected recovery in yields from last year’s below-average levels.

23 Feb 2013 description

Equatorial Guinea provides first contribution of $30 million for "Africa for Africa" anti-hunger pool

22 February 2013, Malabo/Rome - Equatorial Guinea today donated $30 million to a new solidarity trust fund that aims to mobilize African financial resources in support of strengthening food security in the region.

The first donation to the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund was made official in a ceremony at the margins of the third Africa-South America Summit in Malabo, attended by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

13 Feb 2013 description


  • Poor “heys/dada” rains affect rangeland conditions and water availability in south-eastern areas and the Obock region
  • Food prices are stable and below average, but food security remains critical for pastoralists and poor urban households

Alarming levels of food insecurity for pastoral communities and poor urban households

11 Jan 2013 description


  • Favourable estimates for the overall production of the 2012 main “meher” season crops
  • Prices of cereals decline in most markets, but are generally still well above average
  • Estimated number of people in need of food assistance expected to decrease in the coming months
  • Number of refugees, mainly from Somalia, remains at record level of 370 000 people
31 Dec 2012 description

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin s'est améliorée dans le Sahel d'Afrique de l'ouest avec la diminution des effectifs acridiens en décembre suite aux opérations de lutte au Niger et en Mauritanie et au dessèchement de la végétation.

06 Dec 2012 description


  • Firmer production estimates for 2012 confirm tightening wheat and maize supplies while the outlook for rice remains positive. In spite of a contraction in overall cereal utilization in 2012/13, the world cereal stock-to-use ratio is projected to decline by 2 percentage points from the previous season.