MIL-OSI Translation: Horn of Africa: FAO appeals for $172 million to help avert famine

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Headline: Horn of Africa: FAO appeals for $172 million to help avert famine

With the risk of famine growing in the Horn of Africa due to severe and prolonged drought conditions, emergency aid is needed to avert a humanitarian catastrophe, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned on Monday. Agriculture (FAO), which is appealing for $172 million.

With the peak of the crisis fast approaching, this revised rapid response and mitigation plan focuses exclusively on four drought epicentres in the region: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

“Rapid and large-scale implementation is required immediately,” said David Phiri, Coordinator of the FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa.

FAO is appealing for a total amount of $219 million. So far, the UN agency has mobilized about $47 million, leaving a gap of $172 million. “The cost of humanitarian action will be exponentially higher and the impact on people’s lives would be enormous if we don’t act soon enough or on the scale needed to avert disaster,” Mr. Phiri added.

The timetable for the new plan has been extended from June to December 2022 with the aim of preventing a deterioration of food security conditions in the region, saving the livelihoods and therefore the lives of nearly five million rural people in the four country. Funds received so far will provide life-saving assistance to around 700,000 people in the form of cash and livelihood packages.

More than 16 million people are expected to be in a food crisis situation

But according to the Rome-based UN agency, millions more could be reached if the plan is fully funded.

“Agricultural livelihoods are grossly underfunded in humanitarian responses, even in drought when agriculture bears 80% of the impact,” said Rein Paulsen, Director of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience at the FAO.

This call from the FAO comes as the region is already facing “high levels of food insecurity”. “The status quo is no longer an option. It’s time to invest properly in more efficient and forward-looking support. This must be linked to long-term development assistance,” Paulsen argued.

Currently, more than 16 million people are projected to be in Crisis (Integrated Food Security Classification – IPC – Phase 3) or worse levels of acute food insecurity, due to drought in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. In Kenya alone, more than 4 million people are likely to be in a situation of acute food insecurity until June 2022, against 3.5 million initially projected over the same period.

213,000 Somalis are in a “catastrophic and urgent” situation

Similarly, in Somalia, more than 7 million people (nearly half of the population) now face crisis-level food insecurity or worse until at least September 2022, including more than 2 million people in emergency situations. emergency (CIP phase 4) and 213,000 people in disaster situations (CIP phase 5).

Drought is one of the most devastating natural hazards, crippling food production, depleting pastures, disrupting markets and, in the most extreme cases, killing many people and animals.

In early May, assessments of the 2022 long rains season (March-May) showed “poor results in the region”. This represents a fourth below average rainy season for Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Such a situation has “disastrous consequences for food security” in the Horn of Africa. Djibouti’s rainfall pattern differs from that of the other three countries, although rainfall there was also erratic in 2021.

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