Global Food Security Update, Issue 16 - December 2014
Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries
· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.
· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.
· Following the main harvest, food insecurity has temporarily eased in South Sudan. However, 1.5 million people remain in Crisis or Emergency Phases through December 2014.
· According to the FAO/WFP CFSAM, as of December 2014, approximately 500,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are food insecure due to the Ebola epidemic.
· According to the October 2014 EFSA in the Central African Republic, 1.4 million people are food insecure.
· The 2014-2015 rainfall season has been mixed across the region, with below average rainfall in the eastern half of Kenya and southern half of Somalia.
· In the Philippines, following Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) 400,000 people are expected to experience the most severe food security impacts, according to an initial WFP estimate.
· Assessments show that dry spells in September have increased food insecurity in areas of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.