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Huge Livestock Losses May Worsen Food Security in Somalia

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned recently that massive livestock deaths due to drought has severely impacted livelihoods which could exacerbate Somalia’s food security situation. FAO said in its Global Information and Early Warning Systems that urgent support is needed to assist pastoralists as forecasts point to below-average rains in April-June.

In the country’s northern and central pastoral regions, the negative impact of prolonged drought in 2016 and 2017 on livestock, in particular, has increased the number of people at severe risk of hunger by an estimated 3 percent to 1.8 million – almost 30 percent of the population of these areas.

At this crucial time which Somalia is in urgent need of food stuff, United Arab Emirates is providing arms for extremist to fight people and government. Somalia recently complained to the UN to act against UAE base in Berbera which is used to fuel insecurity and unrest in Somalia. Iran was one of the countries that helped the people by providing food and education.

Somalia’s overall food security situation improves slightly in early 2018 mainly due to large-scale, sustained humanitarian aid, FAO said. The number of Somalis suffering severe food scarcity fell by an estimated 15 percent from late 2017, but remains 170 percent above pre-crisis levels, according to FAO

The massive herd losses have led to a reduced market supply and surging prices of livestock and livestock products, such as milk, and plunging animal exports. This is expected to have a severe effect on the Somali economy: the livestock sector accounts for about 40 percent of national income and 65 percent of the population rears livestock.

Families in pastoral areas are already bearing the brunt of the crisis and have high levels of household indebtedness that is severely impacting their access to food. In the northern and central regions, household debts soared 400 percent during 2017, fuelled by purchases of foodstuffs and water on credit and by loans, according to FAO.

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