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WFP Somalia Country Brief, March 2019

5,025 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 6 m cash-based transfers made

USD 74.8 m six months (Apr-Sept 2019) net funding requirements

1.48 m people assisted in March 2019

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During the reporting period, drier and hotter than normal conditions continued to be experienced across Somalia with the northern areas of Somaliland and Puntland particularly affected. The delayed and projected below-average Gu rains will likely exacerbate the already dire food security situation and increase the population in need leading to mild-moderate drought conditions across Somalia. The prolonged dryness has also resulted to severe water shortage and earlier-thannormal water trucking at high prices. On 12 March, Somaliland's Ministry of Water Resources Development declared a state of water emergency and announced plans to start government-supported water trucking in the region. In response, WFP is closely monitoring the situation and continues to prioritize lifesaving nutrition and food assistance to 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 March 2019, WFP reached 1.48 million people throughout Somalia with critical food and nutrition assistance. Thirty six percent of those reached received assistance through cash-based transfers worth USD 6.19 million. Over 605,000 mothers and children received treatment and preventive nutrition assistance while 238,000 thousand people received assistance under the livelihoods programme.

Source: World Food Programme