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Common Statement WFP/FEWSNET/FAO/JRC: Persistent drought in Somalia leads to major food security crisis, February 2017


Common Statement WFP/FEWSNET/FAO/JRC: Persistent drought in Somalia leads to major food security crisis, February 2017

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense drought than that of 2010 in Somalia. These extreme weather conditions, combined with factors including high food prices, trade disruption, population displacement and insecurity, are likely to have a very severe impact on the food security of millions of people in the coming months. This expected food crisis could be exacerbated by a forecast poor rainfall season in 2017.