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Horn of Africa Region: Food Insecurity DREF Operation No. MDR64003

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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 130,000 (USD 118,830 or EUR 82,803) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the assessment and revision of strategy for addressing the needs of the estimated 17 million people affected by food insecurity in the Horn of Africa region. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: In view of the serious food insecurity situation in the region a team of experts have been mobilised to review the current emergency and long-term food security operations of the RC/RC in the region in order to identify gaps and ways to scale up the operations. A regional appeal may be launched as part of the review process. This assessment is expected to be implemented over 1.5 months, and will therefore be completed by the end of November 2008; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 28th February 2009).