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22 Apr 2019 description

Overview

The current crop season in the central and southern part of the region normally starts with onset of March to May rainfall season. However, majority of cropping regions have experienced extended dry conditions with delayed rainfall. This has disrupted planting activities in the countries where rainfall has commenced and delayed planting in those countries yet to receive rainfall. The Tropical Cyclone “Idai” experienced in early march in Mozambique area redirected precipitation away from the Eastern Africa region resulting persisting dry conditions.

22 Apr 2019 description
report EastAfrican

By JAMES ANYANZWA

By FRED OLUOCH

East African countries are facing a food supply crisis, which is bound to increase the cost of living and push up governments’ budget deficits this year.

Much of the region has gone through a dry spell after the delay of the long rains (March-May), with poor harvests forecast. While the region’s average cost of living remained relatively unchanged during the three months to March, inadequate food supply and rising oil prices may lead to higher inflation in the coming months.

19 Apr 2019 description

Poor rainfall since late 2018 to increase assistance needs and slow 2016/17 drought recovery

19 Apr 2019 description

Project code: OSRO/SOM/713/WBK
Donor: The World Bank
Contribution: USD 30 507 109
Implementation: 30/05/2017–30/09/2018
Target areas: Somalia

Objective: To address the immediate needs of the drought-affected people of Somalia, and support resilient recovery through the provision of livelihood opportunities and the restoration of agricultural and pastoral production.

18 Apr 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Northeast and central regions of Somalia experienced significantly drier and higher than normal temperatures in March. Water prices are at twice the five-year average (FSNAU) with humanitarian partners increasing efforts in emergency water trucking to support affected communities.

  • UNICEF reached 30,200 IDP beneficiaries with temporary safe water through water trucking in Baidoa town in Bay region.

18 Apr 2019 description

L’Aperçu de la situation humanitaire mondiale (GHO), publié le 4 décembre 2018 annonçait des besoins en financement de 21,9 milliards de dollars pour 21 Plans de réponse humanitaire (HRP) et le Plan régional de réponse pour les réfugiés et les migrants du Venezuela (RMRP). À la fin du mois de février, les besoins s’élevaient à 22,42 milliards de dollars et, au 31mars, le montant demandé avait atteint 25,11 milliards de dollars.

18 Apr 2019 description

Most parts of Somalia will remain dry in the next three days, apart from few areas in Somaliland and a few pockets in Bay and Bakool regions in the south where light rains are expected (Map 1). The rainfall forecast for the coming seven days (Map 2) indicates the possibility of more rains towards the end of the week in Somaliland, most parts of southern regions and the Ethiopian highlands. Other areas including Puntland, and central regions will remain dry or receive minimal rains during the coming week.

17 Apr 2019 description

*Nearly three decades of instability in Somalia have resulted in widespread insecurity, poverty and recurrent food and nutrition crises. Somalia is also prone to natural hazards, such as droughts and floods, which exacerbate food insecurity. *

SITUATION

17 Apr 2019 description

(excerpt)

Horn of Africa

And, turning to the Horn of Africa, around 23.4 million people are currently food insecure in the Greater Horn — including 10.7 million people across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda’s Karamoja region — that’s according to the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group, which is a regional platform co-chaired by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

16 Apr 2019 description

Most parts of Somalia will remain dry in the next three days, apart from few areas in Somaliland where light rains are expected (Map 1). The rainfall forecast for the next seven days (Map 2) indicates the possibility of more rains towards the end of the week in Somaliland, parts of the southern regions bordering Ethiopia as well as the Ethiopian highlands. Other areas including Puntland, central regions, Middle Juba, Lower Juba and Lower Shabelle regions will remain dry or receive minimal rains during the coming week.

15 Apr 2019 description

2018 IN REVIEW

This Annual Report presents achievements of the SHF during the 2018 calendar year.
However, because grant allocation, project implementation and reporting processes often take place over multiple years as Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) are designed to support ongoing and evolving humanitarian responses, the achievement of CBPFs are reported in two distinct ways:

15 Apr 2019 description

SHANGHAI – The World Food Programme has shipped thousands of tons of rice donated by China to Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to help address their food security challenges.

This is part of China’s food assistance this year which also covers The Republic of Congo and Lesotho. The five countries are facing a range of issues that can impact food security, including armed conflict, climate-related disasters and sluggish economies. The assistance will mainly support displaced people and refugees, many of whom are women and children.

15 Apr 2019 description

In Numbers

5,023 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 7.13 m cash-based transfers made

USD 98 m six months (March-August 2019) net funding requirements

1.48 m people assisted in February 2019

Operational Updates

14 Apr 2019 description

4.9 million food insecure people

1.2 million children projected to be malnourished in 2019

2.6 million internally displaced people

IN FOCUS: Abnormal dryness leads to drought-like conditions

14 Apr 2019 description
infographic UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster

Overview (as of 31st March 2019)

Scaling-up on emergency water supply services are needed to support an incresing number of communities affected by water scarcity as mild to moderate drought conditions (Northern Somalia) or persistnent abnormal dryness conditions (Southern Somalia) are imminent. In total, 2 million individuals are now facing a risk of lacking of access to safe water based on the revised WASH Cluster Contingency Plan.

13 Apr 2019 description

In March, 32,000 new displacements were monitored by the UNHCR-led Protection and Returns Monitoring Network (PRMN), an increase of 7,000 people compared to previous month. In 2018, an estimated 883,000 were internally displaced due to conflicts, floods and drought.

Overall, there are an estimated 2.6 million internally displaced people in Somalia. Since 2014, over 125,000 people have voluntarily returned to Somalia. Somali spontaneous refugee returnees continue to return to Somalia through different border locations.

33,576 refugees & asylum-seekers

12 Apr 2019 description

Overview

The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, specifically highlighting:

• potential new emergencies resulting from imminent disaster threats

• new developments in countries already affected by protracted crises which are likely to cause a further deterioration of food insecurity

12 Apr 2019 description

12 February 2019, ENTEBBE, Uganda: The 51st Greater Horn Of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 51) for March, April and May organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Uganda National Meteorological Agency (UNMA) and partners on “Preparedness actions to climate related risks for safe and resilient communities” closed today in Entebbe, Uganda.