Somalia: Acute Food Insecurity Situation July - September 2020 and Projection for October - December 2020
Over 2.1 million people in Somalia face high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3) or worse through December 2020
01.07.2020 > 31.12.2020
July - September 2020 
October - December 2020 



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Due to the combined effects of widespread and severe flooding, Desert Locust infestation, socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 and the cumulative impacts of previous shocks, nearly 1.3 million people across Somalia were facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3) or worse between July and September 2020. Between October and December 2020, more than 2.1 million people across Somalia are expected to face high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3) or worse, in the absence of humanitarian assistance. 3 million people are also expected to be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). In addition, 849,900 children under the age of five will likely be acutely malnourished through August 2021. Sustained and large-scale humanitarian assistance and government support are currently preventing more severe outcomes in many areas.

Key Drivers

  • Desert Locusts continue to pose a serious risk of damage to both pasture and crops until at least the end of 2020.
  • Severe riverine and flash floods have caused significant population displacement and damage to property, infrastructure, farmland, and crops.
  • COVID-19 mitigation measures have led to increased food prices, a decline in remittances, and fewer employment/income opportunities in urban areas. 

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