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05 Aug 2016 description

In the Middle and Lower Shabelle regions of south-central Somalia, the Shabelle River has two faces. It provides the life-giving water for hectares of agricultural farmland; during the rainy season, however, it can quickly turn destructive, damaging crops and forcing people from their homes. This past season, the cycle of harmful flooding was broken by a USAID-funded program that contributed to the repair of 72 points along the banks of the Shabelle River and saved Somali farmers an estimated $6.7 million in maize yields alone.

04 Aug 2016 description

The El Niño 2015-16 in the Context of Past El Niños

The 2015/16 El Niño Event

An El Niño event was officially declared in March 2015, gaining in intensity until it reached its peak in December 2015. The event came to an end in May 2016, becoming one the strongest on record, together with the El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98.

04 Aug 2016 description

Global Highlights

  • During Q2-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 6 percent year-on-year but it is 3 percent up compared to Q1-2016. The increase is because of rising maize and rice prices. The FAO global food price index has increased and almost returned to the levels of June 2015 (-1%), because prices particularly for sugar and oil increased significantly.

  • The real price2 of wheat is 20 percent below Q2-2015.
    This is because world supplies are at record levels thanks to increased production as well as beginning stocks.

03 Aug 2016 description

As of 31 July 2016, UN-coordinated Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP), Flash Appeals and Regional Refugee Plans as covered by the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$21.9 billion to meet the needs of 96.9 million people affected by humanitarian crises in 40 countries. The appeals are funded at $7.2 billion, with unmet requirements totalling $14.7 billion. Overall, donors have contributed $13.7 billion towards humanitarian operations in 2016 and pledged a further $814.4 million.

03 Aug 2016 description

Dry seasons and water shortages have been a constant problem in the Puntland region of Somalia. Scarcity of water and the lack of rain restricts pastoralists who struggle to provide bare necessity to their livestock, which is their source of livelihood. Paying to use With UNDP’s Environment and Energy Project support, the Ministry of Environment and the Karkar region constructed a sand dam in Biygadud in Bander Bayla to help curb the effects of seasonal droughts and climate change for the Dhudo community.

03 Aug 2016 description

Drought conditions, disease outbreaks, displacement and returnees continued to drive needs across Somalia. The food security situation in southern and central regions is worryingly worsening. This is happening against the backdrop of an already fragile humanitarian situation.
Some 4.7 million people continue to require life-saving and livelihood support.

FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION SITUATION

02 Aug 2016 description

By: Jubba Land Refugee and Internally Displaced person’s agency (JRIA)

Executive summary

01 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • From January to June 2016, UNICEF provided humanitarian assistance to drought-affected populations in Somaliland and Puntland, as well as to communities affected by floods and the Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera outbreak in central and southern regions.
31 Jul 2016 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

30 Jul 2016 description

Food insecurity worsens with below-average Gu harvest

Key Messages

  • In most southern agropastoral areas, including Bakool, Gedo, Hiiraan, Lower Juba, and parts of Lower and Middle Shabelle, below-average and erratic Gu rainfall has led to significantly below-average Gu harvests. Of particular concern are riverine areas of Hiiraan where poor rainfall and flooding destroyed an estimated 80 percent of standing crops. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes currently exist in Hiiraan and are likely in the remaining areas starting in October.

30 Jul 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Jul 2016 description

29 juillet 2016, Rome -**Un rapport élaboré par les deux agences onusiennes alerte sur le sort de millions de personnes vivant dans les 17 pays touchés par des conflits prolongés et qui se trouvent actuellement en situation de grave insécurité alimentaire. Selon le document présenté au Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, ces conflits entravent également les efforts mondiaux visant à éradiquer la malnutrition.**

29 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation Analysis of Children – A call for action to realize the rights of all Somali children

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 1 August 2016 – UNICEF, together with the Federal Government of Somalia, donors and partners, today launched the Situation Analysis of Children in Somalia 2016.

28 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Refugee returns from Kenya to Somalia continue
  • Post-Gu assessment projects a gloomy food security outlook
  • AWD/cholera cases decline due to robust response
  • Humanitarian funding to Somalia declines but needs remain high

Refugees continue to trickle back home

Some 11,000 Somalis return from Kenya in the first half of 2016

28 Jul 2016 description
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Briefs for UN Security Council highlight how millions of people remain trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and hunger

Joint FAO-WFP news release

29 July 2016, Rome - Protracted conflicts affecting 17 countries have driven millions of people into severe food insecurity and are hindering global efforts to eradicate malnutrition, two UN agencies have warned in a report submitted to the UN Security Council.

26 Jul 2016 description

Several Dutch aid organisations have joined their efforts to help drought victims in Somalia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Millions of people are in acute need. The organisations, united as the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), offer relief aid as a well as long term aid, to help the people recover.

Somalia

25 Jul 2016 description
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July 25th, 2016 ― Doha: In one year of the agreement between Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and its Somali counterpart, numerous relief and development projects were implemented for the benefit of victims of drought, amid deteriorated economic, security, and living conditions.

In total, these projects helped more than 175,000 direct beneficiaries, let alone hundreds of thousands of indirect beneficiaries from local communities.

25 Jul 2016 description
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Highlights

  • Due to resource shortfalls, WFP is prioritizing relief and curative nutrition programming for IDPs and recovery for drought affected communities. However, this means that WFP may be forced to significantly reduce seasonal safety programmes in the forthcoming lean season, risking an increase in the number of people classified in Stressed and Crisis status (IPC Phase 2&3) by the end of the year.