WFP Somalia Country Brief, January 2019

The overall food security situation in Somalia has deteriorated particularly in the northern region and in parts of central region due to poor performance of the Deyr 2018 rainy season. Sustained and large-scale humanitarian assistance has prevented worse food security outcomes in many areas. The projected average Gu season (April-June 2019) is expected to mitigate further deterioration in food security through mid-2019. The latest Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) post Gu findings show that acute malnutrition has remained stable with serious (10-14.9 percent) Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates. WFP will continue to prioritize lifesaving and nutrition activities, to avert further deterioration for those facing acute food insecurity in IPC 3 and IDPs. WFP will also continue to transition households in IPC 2 to livelihood activities and safety nets to improve coping mechanisms for families in a fragile food security situation.

In January, WFP transitioned its activities from the previous protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) to a 3-year interim country strategic plan (ICSP).

Through the ICSP, WFP continue to respond to critical food and nutrition needs while supporting national systems � such as by working with national authorities and partners to establish reliable safety nets that respond to shocks, to strengthen food systems and to increase national capacities through a consolidated approach. Building on successes under the PRRO, in 2019 WFP will continue to draw on its comparative advantage and coverage to respond to crises, while implementing broader safety net and resiliencestrengthening activities, working across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

In January, WFP reached 1.3 million people in Somalia with food and nutrition assistance. 45 percent of those reached received assistance through cash-based transfers worth USD 7.3 million, while 437,000 mothers and children received treatment and preventive nutrition assistance.

Source: World Food Programme