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WFP reaches record number of food and nutrition assistance in Somalia as famine threatens

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MOGADISHU – The United Nations World Food Program is providing life-saving food and nutrition assistance to record numbers of people in Somalia, ending famine amid the region’s worst drought in more than 40 years. More than 4 million people receive emergency humanitarian assistance every month to prevent it. Year.

Mogadishu – The United Nations World Food Program is providing life-saving food and nutrition assistance to a record number of people in Somalia. More than 4 million people receive emergency humanitarian assistance each month to prevent famine as the region faces the worst drought in more than 40 years.

This scale-up has helped stave off the worst consequences of Somalia’s hunger crisis so far. However, the situation on the ground remains dire, with lives and livelihoods being lost. WFP is racing against time to avert projected famine and death tolls that could reach tens, even hundreds of thousands.

Additional information for journalists:

  • In the past six months, WFP has more than doubled the number of people receiving life-saving food and cash assistance, from 1.7 million in April to 4.4 million in August. An additional 450,000 children and mothers received nutritional support from WFP in August as WFP scaled up the number of cases and treatment facilities.
  • In September, WFP reached nearly 4.1 million people with emergency food and cash assistance, and provided malnutrition treatment services to half a million malnourished children and mothers.
  • WFP is committed to continuing this expansion, including in hard-to-reach areas, and increasing investment in long-term programs, such as malnutrition prevention, that can help reduce the number of people in need of treatment. I’m in.
  • Preventive nutrition activities have been almost completely suspended from the second quarter of 2022. This is because WFP was forced to prioritize treatment services due to limited funding. The agency has resumed some prevention activities for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women, and is working to do more.
  • WFP is providing food assistance and cash transfers to new rural areas such as Baidoa and Burhakaba, which are at high risk of famine. WFP’s mobile remittances are an efficient way to quickly reach people in hard-to-reach areas.
  • WFP deployed new helicopters in Somalia in September to deliver food aid to hard-to-reach areas and deliver aid workers to where they are most needed. WFP-led logistics clusters also use helicopters to deliver humanitarian aid on behalf of other UN agencies and NGOs. Helicopters have made more than 30 flights so far he has in September and he has in October.
  • WFP is Somalia’s largest humanitarian agency, with 12 offices nationwide and coverage in all provinces.
  • WFP’s massive scale-up has been made possible, especially in recent months, thanks to timely support from key donors. Maintaining this is essential. WFP has a funding shortfall of US$412 million for all activities over the next six months to March 2023. This includes his US$315 million shortfall for life-saving food relief and nutritional assistance.

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