The overall poor performance of the 2009 belg/gu/ganna/sugum rains further deteriorated the food security situation during the first half of 2009. The number of beneficiaries increased from 4.9 million in January 2009 to 5.3 million in May due to prevailing food insecurity. Furthermore, the findings of the multi-agency livelihood security assessment conducted in June/July 2009 and subsequent monitoring results indicate an increase in the number of relief food beneficiaries to 6.2 million.
The total net emergency requirement for food and non-food needs for October to December 2009 amounts to USD 175 million. The net food requirement stands at 159,410 MT, amounting to USD 121 million. An additional USD 8.9 million is required to address Targeted Supplementary Food requirements. A total of USD 45 million is also required to address non-food sectoral requirements in the health and nutrition, water and sanitation and agriculture and livestock sectors.
In view of the delay of meher rains and its likely impacts on food security prospects during the first half of 2010, a mid meher assessment has been conducted to ensure timely preparedness and response measures are undertaken.