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WFP Somalia Country Brief, February 2019

In Numbers

5,023 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 7.13 m cash-based transfers made

USD 98 m six months (March-August 2019) net funding requirements

1.48 m people assisted in February 2019

Operational Updates

Humanitarian needs in Somalia remain high as dry weather conditions continue to worsen the impact of the 2016-2017 drought and the failed 2018 Deyr rains (October to December) on livelihoods.

The situation is particularly serious in the northern and central parts of the country. Consequently,

WFP is prioritizing lifesaving nutrition and food assistance for people facing acute food insecurity in these areas as well as in other parts of the country including internally displaced populations.

WFP is also providing livelihood support and safety nets to promote recovery and improve coping mechanisms for households whose situation is slightly better but remain highly vulnerable to shocks.

In February 2019, WFP reached 1.48 million people throughout Somalia with critical food and nutrition assistance. Forty-three percent of those reached received assistance through cash-based transfers worth USD 7.13 million, while 490,000 mothers and children received treatment and preventive nutrition assistance. Over 140,000 thousand people received assistance under the livelihoods programme while nearly 125,000 IDPs, urban poor, people living with disability, and chronically food insecure men and women in Mogadishu received unconditional cash-based transfers as part of WFP's Urban Safety Net programme.

Access to nutritious food for vulnerable households in Somalia is inhibited by many factors including poverty and the absence of a national social protection system. Consequently, WFP and UNICEF have since 2017 supported the government to develop a Social Protection policy and framework that will form the basis of a future social protection system. The final draft of the Social Protection policy was completed in February 2019 and is set to be presented to the Somali Cabinet in March 2019. The policy was developed through a consultative process that included Somalia's federal and state governments, Member States in the region, humanitarian and development donors, non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and consortia.

Source: World Food Programme