Millions of people face food insecurity in Somalia

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MOGADISHU ( AXADLE) – Food security in the Horn of Africa is likely to deteriorate significantly until May 2022, the UN said with more than 3.5 million people in Somalia experiencing acute food security

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that many households are currently experiencing growing gaps in food consumption and the erosion of their coping skills.

“The delay in the (short) rains from October to December has also significantly affected food supplements and income from livestock production,” UNOCHA said in its latest humanitarian bulletin released on Sunday.

According to OCHA, humanitarian agencies estimate that 7.7 million people in Somalia will need humanitarian aid and protection by 2022 due to conflicts in different parts of the country, recurring climate shocks, particularly droughts and floods, disease outbreaks, including covid-19 and rising poverty.

The widespread drought conditions have resulted in increased human suffering and livestock deaths, with severe drought effects reported in the states of Jubaland, southwest and Galmudug (central regions) and parts of Puntland.

“In addition to the more than 2.9 million internally displaced persons in Somalia, at least 5.5 million people are reported to be vulnerable to pre-existing shocks and recurring disasters and are among those likely to need humanitarian aid and protection by 2022,” it said.

It said food insecurity and urgent humanitarian needs have been reported in all sectors, with more than 5.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

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