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Large-scale assistance and seasonal improvements in food access reduce risk of Famine in Somalia

  • Key Message Update
  • East Africa
  • February 2018
Large-scale assistance and seasonal improvements in food access reduce risk of Famine in Somalia

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Conflict and drought remain the key drivers of extreme levels of acute food insecurity in the region, leading up to 35 million people to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes and require assistance by May 2018. Yemen and South Sudan face a risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5) in 2018 in their respective worst-case scenarios and in the absence of assistance, though the risk of Famine in Somalia has declined. Meanwhile, food security among households in southeastern Ethiopia may begin to deteriorate to Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).

    • Findings from the post-Deyr seasonal assessment conducted across Somalia in November and December 2017 indicate food security has improved notably due to continued large-scale humanitarian assistance and seasonal improvements to food and income sources during the Deyr (October-December) season. Although the risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5) has declined, in the absence of assistance, many households would face large food consumption gaps. Humanitarian assistance must be sustained to prevent further deterioration of the food security and nutrition situation in Somalia.

    • In South Sudan, despite the Cessation of Hostilities (COH) agreement signed in late December, armed clashes between Government forces and armed opposition continue in Unity, Central Equatoria, and parts of Western Equatoria. Additionally, tension remains high in parts of Jonglei, Lakes, and Warrap, where inter-communal clashes have occurred, and in central and southern Unity, due to the resurgence of various armed groups and an uptick in cattle raiding. Despite ongoing conflict in many areas, 250 IDPs from Bor PoC voluntarily returned to Fangak, and humanitarian partners supported the relocation of the remaining 562 IDPs in Melut PoC prior to the closure of the camp.  

    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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