World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Looming Food Crisis Threatens Up To 2Mil Somalis

Looming Food Crisis Threatens Up To 2 Million Somalis, UN Agency Warns

Up to 2 million people in Southern Somalia are likely to be in a ‘humanitarian emergency’ or ‘acute food and livelihood crisis’ for at least the next six months due to failed rains, double the number previously projected, according to the latest report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“Somalia is experiencing a dangerous confluence of factors that almost certainly will lead to rapidly plummeting humanitarian conditions throughout Southern regions,” FAO said, urging immediate food aid for the Horn of Africa country where 14 years of protracted civil war and persistent fragmented conflicts have eroded livelihoods.

“Failed rains throughout Southern Somalia will lead to the lowest Deyr harvest in over 10 years. Rangelands are in very poor condition, with livestock dying and pastoralists struggling to find water and fodder,” it added, summarizing recent data from the Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSAU), implemented by FAO and funded by the European Commission and USAID.

“Our concern now is that the global donor community seizes this window of opportunity to prevent images of mass starvation as we have seen in Niger and Sudan,” FSAU Chief Technical Advisor Nicholas Haan said.

The next rainy season is not expected to provide relief until June. This year’s previous cereal harvest in July was the worst in a decade, with combined production probably around 25 per cent of the long term average and less food stocks and money available to vulnerable groups to cope with further shocks.

Several areas have on-going resource-based conflicts, causing human displacement and death as well as disrupting markets and animal migration patterns. As yet unresolved tensions within the Transitional Federal Government, combined with reports of continued imports of military weapons, could lead to widespread civil conflict, which would further devastate humanitarian conditions.

Relief groups have limited access to some areas most critically in need of aid. Further, the upsurge of piracy off the Somali coast limits food supply lines for both commercial and humanitarian imports. Acute malnutrition is already significantly above acceptable levels and the physiological capacity to resist further stress is limited.

The Deyr rainy season is equally bad in neighbouring areas of Ethiopia and Kenya, greatly restricting migratory options and limiting social support mechanisms. Although the most severe Humanitarian Emergencies are expected in the south, both the central and northern Somalia is also experiencing food and livelihood crises requiring aid.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Binoy Kampmark: Europe Dries Up
Scenes and pictures have been circulating of broken earth, lacking moisture, cracked and yearning. But these are not from traditional drought-stricken parts of the planet, where the animal carcass assumes near totemic power... More>>



UN: Bachelet Alarmed By Number Of Palestinian Children Killed In Latest Escalation

UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet today expressed alarm at the high number of Palestinians, including children, killed and injured in the occupied Palestinian territory this year, including in intense hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza last weekend... More>>

Save The Children: One Year Under Taliban Rule, Girls Are More Isolated, Hungry, Sad: New Report
One year since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, an economic crisis, crippling drought and new restrictions have shattered girls’ lives, excluding them from society and leaving them hungry...
More>>

Somalia: ‘We Cannot Wait For Famine To Be Declared; We Must Act Now’
Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned... More>>

UN: American West Faces Water And Power Shortages Due To Climate Crisis
Two of the largest reservoirs in the United States are at dangerously low levels due to the climate crisis and overconsumption of water, which could affect water and electricity supply for millions in six western states and Mexico, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Tuesday... More>>



Singapore: UN Experts Call For Immediate Moratorium On Executions For Drug Offences

UN experts* today condemned the execution of Nazeri Bin Lajim, a 64-year-old Malay Singaporean national convicted of drug offenses and urged the Government of Singapore to halt plans to execute individuals on death row for drug related charges... More>>