WFP Somalia Country Brief, June 2019

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

6,200 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 11.1m cash-based transfers made
USD 267 m six months (July-December 2019) net funding requirements
1.6 m people assisted in June 2019

Operational Updates

• Most parts of the Somalia received light to moderate rains in the first two weeks of June marking the end of the Gu 2019 (April-June) rainy season, halfway through the month. The overall performance of the season has been below average, despite the moderate to heavy rainfall received in mid-May to early-June. As such, humanitarian needs in Somalia remain high with over 2.2 million people facing critical levels of hunger (Integrated Phase Classification -IPC 3 and 4) through September 2019. This number is likely to increase as the dry season (July-September) progresses.

• In response to the high level of needs, WFP scaled up its response in June, reaching 1.6 million people with critical food and nutrition assistance (a 23 percent increase from May), including, cash-based transfers worth USD 11.1 million. Over 383,800 pregnant and nursing women, and children aged 6-59 months received nutrition assistance, while 217,000 people received support through livelihoods programmes.

• In response to the deteriorating food security and nutrition situation in Somali, WFP is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to scale up its lifesaving food and nutrition assistance through September. WFP is prioritizing assistance to people facing acute food insecurity including internally displaced populations. WFP is also providing livelihood support and safety nets to promote recovery and improve coping mechanisms for households whose situation is slightly better but remain highly vulnerable to shocks.