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GIEWS Update - Somalia

Pastoral households face dire food insecurity

Over one year of severe dry weather conditions affected forage and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas, causing massive livestock deaths in Somalia. Weather forecasts point to below-average precipitations during the April-June “gu” season and a full recovery of rangelands and animal conditions is unlikely. Prices of livestock have surged to very high levels in recent months, mainly due to reduced market supplies. The food security situation is critical in pastoral central and northern regions, where almost 2 million people are severely food insecure. Urgent support to pastoral agricultural livelihoods is needed to avert a deterioration of the food security situation and serious macro-economic implications.

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