• The 2018 Deyr (October – December) rains have started in Somalia with most parts of the country expected to receive normal to above average rainfall this season. Good Deyr rains will further increase agricultural productivity and access to food through improved crop production and availability of water and pasture for livestock. However, above average rains are also likely to cause flooding and crop damage in the riverine areas along the Juba and Shabelle rivers in central and southern Somalia.
• In September, WFP reached 2.1 million people in Somalia with food and nutrition assistance. Half of those reached received assistance through cashbased transfers worth US$ 12.4 million, while 558,000 mothers and children received treatment and preventive nutrition assistance. More than 355,000 men, women and children received food under WFP’s livelihoods programmes.
• WFP’s livelihoods programmes are helping households to recover from the recent drought and strengthen their ability to withstand future shocks through participation in community asset creation and vocational training. Activities under the Food Assistance for Assets livelihoods programme include construction of berkads (water reservoirs), rehabilitation of canals and water catchment areas, soil conservation and fodder production, and cultivation of vegetable and fruit gardens. Under the Food Assistance for Training programme, WFP is providing opportunities for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and urban youth to improve literacy, gain marketable skills and increase employability through vocational training in urban centres.