Horn of Africa Crisis: FAO short-term funding needs
The crisis in the Horn of Africa is the most severe food security emergency in the world today. With areas facing one of the driest years since 1950/51, food crises have escalated into famine in parts of southern Somalia (Bakool, Lower Shabelle, the agropastoral areas of Balcad and Cadale districts of Middle Shabelle, the Afgoye corridor internally displaced person [IDP] settlement and the Mogadishu IDP community), with acute food and livelihood crises and humanitarian emergencies affecting other countries in the region.
As of today, some 12.4 million people in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya need urgent assistance to save lives, support livelihoods, prevent further deterioration in food security and, once again, build resilience in order to mitigate the impact of future crises. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) current funding gap stands at USD 103.7 million to provide urgent support to crisis-affected populations. Immediate, generous and effective life-saving and livelihood support is vital to prevent the crisis from expanding further to neighbouring countries, further exacerbating prevailing threats to food and nutrition security. The following pages provide a summary of the factors driving the current crisis and FAO’s planned response strategies and related resource needs.