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UN humanitarian chief to release up to $140M in CERF funds for anticipatory-action projects

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A food distribution to people affected by floods in Eljale, Somalia, May 2020. © OCHA/Warsame

United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has agreed to allocate up to $140 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support a series of anticipatory-action interventions over the next 18 months, starting with $15 million in Somalia.

Somalia is facing a projected increase in humanitarian needs due to food insecurity, which has mainly resulted from the impact of the desert locust infestation, flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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