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Assistance continues to play a major role in mitigating extreme levels of food insecurity in East Africa

  • Key Message Update
  • East Africa
  • April 2018
Assistance continues to play a major role in mitigating extreme levels of food insecurity in East Africa

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    • In Somalia, preliminary findings from the post-Jilaal assessment conducted by FSNAU and FEWS NET indicate many households continue to rely on social support, loans, and humanitarian assistance to access food. Assistance reached 2.1 million people in January and 1.9 million people in February, 70-75 percent of the estimated 2.7 million in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse. Assistance is preventing more extreme outcomes, and Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) persist in many areas. Food security would likely deteriorate significantly in the absence of assistance, and worst-affected populations in northern and central areas would be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4).

    • In South Sudan, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes are expected to continue in the most likely scenario, with continued humanitarian assistance preventing more extreme outcomes. However, in a worst-case scenario characterized by a persistent absence of assistance, Famine (IPC Phase 5) would be expected. Central and southern Unity, northwestern Jonglei, and Wau of Western Bahr el Ghazal remain of greatest concern. Additionally, Kapoeta East of Eastern Equatoria is of increasing concern, as livestock are away from homesteads, many households are unable to afford staple foods, and insecurity is preventing the delivery of assistance to several areas, incuding Jie, Mogos, and Kauto.

    • The major ports in Yemen remain open and imports continue to flow through Al Hudaydah, Salif, and Aden. However, levels of imports for food and fuel, specifically through the Red Sea ports at Al Hudaydah and Salif, remain volatile and in February were lower than pre-blockade levels. However, WFP reports suggest national-level stocks of cereals and rice have increased by approximately 25 percent between late January and late March, from approximately 684,000 MT to 851,000 MT. Meanwhile, large-scale assistance continues to prevent a deterioration from Crisis (IPC Phase 3) to more extreme levels in many western governorates.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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