Somalia 2017 - Preventing famine, building resilience, promoting recovery

Somalia 2017 - Preventing famine, building resilience, promoting recovery
Jun 2017

FAO interventions to reinforce rural livelihoods are holding the line against worsening food insecurity, mitigating displacement pressures, reducing the overall humanitarian burden, laying the groundwork for a faster pivot to post-crisis recovery, and building greater resilience to future shocks.

Back-to-back failed harvests have left Somali farmers in debt, out of cash, and without seeds for planting. A dramatic drop in agricultural production has slashed employment opportunities and sent food prices soaring. With fodder and water scarce, pastoralists are enduring animal mortality rates as high as 60 percent. Weakened, surviving livestock are not producing enough milk and their sale value has slid. The result in the shorter term: rising food insecurity in rural areas and population displacement from rural areas. Consequences for the longer-term: a longer, steeper climb back to selfreliance and persistent system fragility.