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4 February 2013

The top United Nations relief official in Somalia today announced that the number of people in crisis in the Horn of Africa country was halved in the past six months, but cautioned that the situation remains fragile and that the gains could reverse without continued support to meet people's basic needs. "Our innovative approaches to aid delivery, coupled with relatively favourable rains, has made a profound difference in the lives of people," acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Stefano Porretti said today in a statement, citing recent data on food security from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. However Mr. Porretti, who is also the WFP Representative in Somalia, noted that "this is not the time to be complacent.”


30 January 2013

More than four years after conflict and pervasive insecurity forced it to shutter its operations in southern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food assistance to the region’s port city of Kismayo, the agency announced today. With relative peace returning to the Horn of Africa nation, WFP managed to conduct an assessment of food security in Kismayo last November only to discover high levels of malnutrition and food insecurity throughout the city.


25 January 2013

For more than a year, following a spate of kidnappings of aid workers, outside journalists have not been able to visit this isolated, arid camp.(..) The World Food Programme relies on donor funds to feed the almost half a million people in Dadaab. But they are almost $40 million short on keeping people fed for the next six months and are contemplating ration cuts in a camp where people currently exist on the bare minimum. Australia has donated two million dollars but it is a drop in the bucket for what is actually needed.


12 December 2012

The U.N. says millions of people in Somalia still require humanitarian aid, despite advances against al-Shabab militants. A new funding appeal has been launched to address the country’s immediate needs and build resilience against future shocks, such as droughts, floods or further conflict. (..) A three year strategy has been launched called the Somalia Consolidated Appeal Plan. It asks for $1.3 billion for the first year.


10 December 2012

Somalia remains fragile with about 3.8 million people in need of life-saving assistance, out of a population of 9.5 million, and 1.4 million people internally displaced. Given the country's precarious condition, the UN this week launched a $1.3bn (£807m) appeal for Somalia for the next three years. (..) The $1.3bn appeal will be for 369 humanitarian projects. The FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN children's agency (Unicef) will lead this programme, which will involve 177 national and international NGOs and other UN agencies operating in Somalia.


10 September 2012

As Somalia prepares to elect a new president, one of the biggest challenges faced by the country's voters is securing food. (..) The election on Monday comes as the nation struggles to recover from last year's famine, when tens of thousands died.


28 August 2012

A UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) staff member has been killed in an attack by an armed group in Southern Somalia. "Our deepest condolences go out to the family and colleagues of Mr. Yassin Mohamed Hassan, who was killed this morning in Merka," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.


20 July 2012

Fighting and displacement are devastating Somalia, but projects to create longer-term resilience are slowly bearing fruit.


4 June 2012

The UN Secretary-General has called for urgent international aid for Somalia to head off the risk of warlords exploiting a power vacuum after the scheduled change of power in August. (..) "I urge donors to contribute to this critical effort. In the face of terrorism, piracy and drought, Somalia needs solidarity," he told delegates from more than 50 countries gathered in Istanbul for an international conference on Somalia.


16 May 2012

The World Food Program says thousands of people in Somaliland are enjoying a better, more varied diet since it introduced its voucher scheme. (..) Since the vouchers were introduced, WFP notes there has been an increase in the number of people bringing their children in for nutrition screening. Because of this, undernourished children are more likely to get the treatment they need to make them healthy.