Over one million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity as food crisis worsens
September 2, 2014, Nairobi/Washington – The gradual recovery and gains made since the end of the famine in 2012 are being lost
as poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian assistance led to a worsening of the food security situation across
Somalia. Acute malnutrition increased in many parts of the country, particularly among children. The situation is likely to continue
deteriorating further until the start of the Deyr rains in October.
The latest findings from a joint assessment by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU), a project managed by
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), a project
funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other partners indicate that an estimated 1,025,000
people will be in Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4) . This figure represents a 20 percent increase since January 2014. Internally
displaced persons (IDPs) continue to constitute a majority (62%) of the people in Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4), followed by
rural (27%) and urban (11%) populations.
Recent nutrition survey results conducted across the country also indicate that an estimated 218,000 children under the age of five are
acutely malnourished (nearly one in seven children under five) – a seven percent increase since January 2014. This figure includes 43,800
severely malnourished children who face an even higher risk of morbidity and death. Critical levels of acute malnutrition (Global Acute
Malnutrition rates exceeding 15%) were found in 21 out of 50 population groups surveyed. Morbidity, poor infant and young child feeding
practices and inadequate humanitarian assistance are among the main contributing factors of malnutrition in Somalia. Read more
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