UN: Food insecurity remains a major problem in Somalia

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UN: Food insecurity remains a major problem in Somalia

MOGADICHE – Somalia will have to tackle food insecurity for a few months, the United Nations said, with the country now at risk of severe famine in 2022, which could put many vulnerable families at risk.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the country had done little on food security, adding that persistent droughts and other calamities would significantly affect the Horn of Africa nation.

Citing Somalia 2021 Post Gu Seasonal Food and Nutrition Security Assessment [FAO/FSNAU], UNOCHA said that approximately 3.5 million people will face severe food insecurity through December, of which nearly 640,730 will face an emergency, ”UNOCHA said in its latest humanitarian report.

“The delay in the (short) deyr rains from October to December also significantly affected food supplements and income from animal production,” UNOCHA said in its latest humanitarian publication launched on Sunday.

He said food insecurity and severe humanitarian needs have been reported across all sectors, with more than 5.9 million people currently in need of humanitarian and defense assistance.

Aid companies estimate 7.7 million people in Somalia will need humanitarian aid and defense in 2022, due to disputes in many parts of the country, OCHA says; persistent climatic shocks, especially periods of drought and flooding; disease outbreaks, consisting of Covid -19; and growing difficulties.

Extensive drought conditions have in fact resulted in increased human suffering and animal deaths, with extreme drought effects reported in Jubaland, Southwest and Galmudug states (main areas) and parts of the country. Northeastern State.

“In addition to the more than 2.9 million internally displaced people in Somalia, at least 5.5 million people are believed to be vulnerable due to pre-existing shocks and recurring disasters and are among those likely to need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022, “he said.

According to UNOCHA, 71% of Somalis will continue to live below the distress line in 2022, especially in places where aid workers have access to difficult stays.

UNOCHA said that the post-gu seasonal food and nutrition security assessment for Somalia in 2021 [FAO/FSNAU] estimated that 3.5 million people would face food insecurity by December. Almost 640,730 of them will face an emergency.

Somalia is heavily dependent on humanitarian aid from the West in almost all aspects of development and security, hence the concern of the United Nations. It is one of the poorest nations in the world.

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