May 29, 2024

US$43 million allocated to address lingering impact of food insecurity and drought in Somalia

US$43 million allocated to address lingering impact of food insecurity and drought in Somalia

Own Correspondent

The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has approved a $25 million allocation to offer vital aid to drought-affected communities in Somalia. In addition, Somalia has received $18 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) as part of its international commitment to preventing famine.

These two combined fund allocations of $43 million are being used to tackle the consequences of drought and lack of food in order to assist the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2023.

Despite successfully preventing famine in 2022 by intensifying the humanitarian response, the current humanitarian situation remains highly concerning. Around 825 million individuals, comprising half of Somalia’s population, require humanitarian aid and protection, with an additional 3.2 million people displaced. Extended and severe circumstances persist in worsening requirements and the vulnerabilities faced by individuals, particularly those who are the most at risk.

The goal of the SHF and CERF allocations is to enhance the response in regions where the threat of famine persists and reduce the number of people being forced to leave their homes. This will be achieved by focusing on remote rural areas in Bay, Lower, and Middle Shabelle, which are significant causes of displacement.

The SHF remains committed to supporting local organizations, with 71% of its funding in 2023 being specifically designated for them. The CERF grant aids in reducing the effects of drought and minimizing risks related to protection by supporting increased recovery efforts in areas prone to drought.

“This allocation serves as proof of our dedication to providing assistance to the individuals in Somalia,” expressed George Conway is currently serving as the temporary Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, as well as the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.

“We require additional support to sustain the progress and response in Somalia, which is why we are continually urging our donors and partners to contribute more in a timely manner.”

The upcoming 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia necessitates a funding of $2. 6 billion to cater to the needs of 7. 6 million individuals facing the greatest vulnerability in the country. However, by mid-year, only 30. 5 percent of the total amount has been received. Additional financial resources are urgently required to provide essential aid given the continuous and substantial humanitarian requirements.