Somalia - Famine prevention and drought response plan February-July 2017

Somalia - Famine prevention and drought response plan February-July 2017
Mar 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.

Within this Plan, FAO identifies the distinct needs of rural populations to resist famine, and seeks USD 160 million to urgently support them. FAO believes that famine can be prevented and that these efforts must concentrate on rural areas. More particularly, putting cash in people’s pockets and keeping farming and pastoral livelihoods intact are rural people’s best defence against famine in the coming months.

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. Cash (cash-for-work and unconditional cash transfers), to meet immediate food (and water) needs;
  2. Livelihood support and cash (“Cash+”), to restore food production while ensuring families meet their immediate food needs; and
  3. Emergency livestock support, to save livestock assets, and related food and income.