Somalia - Famine prevention and drought response plan January - December 2017

Somalia - Famine prevention and drought response plan January - December 2017
Aug 2017

FAO’s Famine Prevention and Drought Response Plan is part of a wider humanitarian response involving UN, and international and local NGO partners to prevent a famine this year in Somalia. It complements WFP, UNICEF and other partners’ response plans to address the main dimensions of food and nutrition insecurity.

FAO’s updated Famine Prevention and Drought Response Plan requires an extra USD 115 million between June and December 2017. The Plan builds on priorities and activities set in the first half of the year to prevent famine, against an increased number of rural people and locations at risk. To begin laying the foundation for a quick recovery, the updated Plan also aims to support the early return of drought displaced families and to protect livelihoods against new or aggravating shocks. The revised total budget of this Plan amounts to USD 185 million, taking into account USD 70 million mobilized by May 2017 and additional funding of USD 115 million for June to December 2017. As part of the additional funds required, a World Bank grant of USD 30 million (contributed on 1 June 2017) allows the Updated Plan to roll out immediately.

FAO’s Famine Prevention and Drought Response Plan combines lifesaving interventions with emergency livelihood support to address the distinct needs of rural people at risk across Somalia. The Plan responds to three overarching priority needs in rural communities:

  1. Keep Somalia Famine-free, through cash-based interventions, emergency livelihood assistance for Deyr combined with cash transfers (cash+) and livestock support.
  2. Support early IDP returns and their communities, by partnering with NGOs to restore productive livelihoods in a number of key districts.
  3. Resist new shocks, building on early warning and flood preparedness work that proved effective during the 2015/16 El Niño.