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Somalia: Some areas face Risk of Famine as multi-season drought and soaring food prices lead to worsening acute food insecurity and malnutrition


Worsening drought is putting some areas across Somalia at risk of Famine through June 2022 if the current April to June Gu season rains fail, food prices continue to rise and humanitarian assistance is not scaled up to reach the countries’ most vulnerable populations. These are Hawd Pastoral livelihood of Central and Hiran, Addun Pastoral livelihood of Northeast and Central, Bay Bakool Low Potential Agro Pastoral livelihood and IDP settlements in Mogadishu, Baidoa and Dhusamareb. Acute food insecurity in Somalia has drastically worsened since the beginning of 2022, with an estimated 4.8 million people experiencing Crisis or worse (IPC Phase 3 or higher) conditions (or 31% of the total population). Further and faster deterioration of the food security and nutrition situation is expected during the April to June 2022 projection period, with over 6 million people facing Crisis or worse (IPC Phase 3 or higher), representing 38 percent of the total population), including 1.7 million people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and more than 81,000 facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). Urgent and timely scaling up of humanitarian assistance is required to prevent extreme food security and nutrition outcomes, including the risk of Famine.
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Learn more about IPC Famine Classification processes:

The Integrated Food Security Phase Classication (IPC) defines famine as an extreme deprivation of food. Starvation, death, destitution and extremely critical levels of acute malnutrition are or will likely be evident. The IPC plays a critical role in identifying famine conditions, and informing the response needed to save millions of lives. The IPC is now the primary mechanism the international community uses to analyse data and arrive at a conclusion whether famine is happening or likely happening in a country. Analyses are based on evidence gathered by a wide range of partners and multistakeholder technical consensus.
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