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7 July 2015

For decades Somalis have been fleeing the conflict inside Somalia, risking their lives on overcrowded boats crossing the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Yemen. However, the escalating conflict in the neighboring country is reversing the migration trend as Yemeni families continue to arrive in the Somali ports of Bossaso and Berbera, fleeing the violence that has flared up in their country.  So far, over eighteen thousand people from Yemen have arrived in Somalia, the majority of whom are Somalis returning home. WFP is providing humanitarian assistance to Yemeni nationals as well as vulnerable Somalis.

 


11 June 2015

Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Somalia. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these important facts on Twitter.


24 March 2015

In February, Somalia became the second country in the world where WFP has launched its groundbreaking new system for managing assistance programmes, a platform known as SCOPE. The SCOPE information system allows WFP to monitor and control all its distributions of food, cash and vouchers electronically and in near real time. SCOPE also allows WFP to register beneficiaries, store information on the amount of food or money they are entitled to and – in the case of cash or vouchers – transfer the specific amount onto the cards. There was a buzz of anticipation as the first SCOPE transfer cards were handed out.


27 October 2014

The gradual recovery and gains made since the end of the famine in 2012 are at risk of being reversed as poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian access have led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia.

Nutrition
17 June 2014
Over 200,000 children in Somalia are malnourished, 50,000 of whom are severely malnourished and face a higher risk of death.  WFP works with Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) clinics throughout the parts of Somalia it has access to in order to address the underlying and basic causes of malnutrition such as poor feeding practices and access to maternal health care.
School Meals
25 April 2014
There are 67 million school-age children worldwide who do not attend school. Poor rural families must often choose between sending their children to school or to work the fields. A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there, and allows the children to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs. In Somalia, WFP works with over 400 schools and provides daily meals to over 100,000 school children in the parts of the country we have access to.

13 March 2014

For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance, which WFP will use to support their fellow Somali people. This landmark achievement comes less than three years after southern Somalia was hit by a devastating famine.

 

Food for Assets
10 December 2013

One of the World Food Programme’s main priorities is to strengthen communities so that individuals can support themselves and their families. Through its Food-for-Training activities, WFP provides food rations to encourage community members to participate in training that teaches practical vocational skills, such as literacy or tailoring. In Bossaso, in northern Somalia, women are learning how to tie dye cloth and make woven goods – skills that will stand them in good stead as they seek to rebuild their lives after fleeing their homes elsewhere because of conflict.  

Food for Assets
3 December 2013

In Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have pooled their skills and expertise to enhance efforts to build resilience among local communities through a Joint Resilience Strategy. WFP contributes to this initiative through its livelihood activities, such as water catchment rehabilitation and canal irrigation.

Emergencies
28 November 2013

A tropical cyclone slammed into Somalia’s northeastern coast on 10 November, killing at least 80 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Many of those who died were children or elderly people – those most at risk from hypothermia and exposure. Despite logistical challenges, the World Food Programme is providing critical assistance to affected communities while also looking to cater for longer-term needs.