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GIEWS Special Alert – Somalia

About 2.2 million Somalis facing severe food insecurity as drought conditions worsen


  • Between July and September 2019, 2.2 million people, almost 18 percent of the total population, are expected to face severe food insecurity.
  • The projected food insecure caseload is 40 percent higher than the estimate at the beginning of 2019, as drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production and disrupting livelihoods.
  • Household resilience has been undermined by recurrent climatic shocks, overstretched social support networks and declining humanitarian assistance.
  • Urgent life saving and livelihood support, including cash and food assistance, are needed to prevent a further worsening of the current humanitarian situation.
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