FEWS NET projects elevated risk of Famine in Somalia, despite mitigating impact of humanitarian assistance
UN releases revised 2017 HRP for Somalia, requesting $1.5 billion to respond to humanitarian needs through December
USG announces more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa
On May 24, the U.S. Government (USG) announced more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for drought- and conflict-affected Somalis. The new assistance includes $30.4 million from USAID/OFDA, more than $5.6 million from USAID/FFP, and $28.1 million from State/PRM to meet emergency food, nutrition, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable communities in Somalia and Somali refugees in the region.
The UK, Federal Government of Somalia (FGoS), UN, and African Union hosted a London Conference on Somalia on May 11, which was attended by representatives from at least 30 countries, including a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Under Secretary of State Thomas A. Shannon. Participants discussed efforts to avert Famine in Somalia, among other issues related to the economic, political, and security situation in the country.
Although the Horn of Africa region remains predominantly dry, early-May rainfall replenished some water sources, particularly in parts of Ethiopia and Kenya. Localized areas of Kenya and Somalia have also experienced flash flooding, which has prevented late-season re-planting for Somalia’s primary agricultural season and displaced nearly 25,000 people across 13 counties of Kenya.
The Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led assessment of February-to-June belg rainfall and associated humanitarian needs is scheduled to begin in late May to inform a mid-year revision of the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD).
USAID/FFP recently contributed 29,650 metric tons (MT) of U.S.-procured, in-kind food assistance—valued at approximately $16 million—to support drought-affected populations in Ethiopia.