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WFP Warns Drought Leading To Food Insecurity, Acute Malnutrition In Horn Of Africa-

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  The impact of the drought in Kenya Ethiopia and Somalia has caused food insecurity and a high level of acute malnutrition warned the World Food Program WFP of the United Nations The WFP in its latest drought response situation report released on Tuesday said some 22 million people are food insecure due to the drought in the affected countries It further warned that the loss of livestock and reduced productivity have eroded the livelihoods of affected pastoralist communities In 2022 alone there were at least 9 2 million livestock deaths in the drought stricken areas of Ethiopia Kenya and Somalia according to WFP figures The WFP citing the latest projections from the IPC Famine Review Committee further warned that famine is likely to occur in three areas in Somalia s Bay region between October and December He said the drought condition is further deteriorating the already dire humanitarian condition across the region The food insecurity situation in East Africa continues to deteriorate due to extreme weather conditions conflict and macroeconomic challenges inflation currency devaluation the WFP said He said the region has seen a significant increase in the price of local food baskets with Somalia recording the most expensive food basket in the region Amid worsening impacts of the ongoing drought WFP said it has scaled up the response across the Horn of Africa to respond to severe food shortages by providing life saving food and nutrition assistance to affected communities In Somalia WFP has more than doubled its vital food assistance from 1 7 million people in April 2022 with plans to reach 4 5 million in the coming months it said WFP is also enabling communities to recover faster and better from drought by investing in interventions that promote the resilience and adaptive capacities of communities to cope with shocks However he noted that projections indicate a potential increase in needs where additional funding is needed to maintain and increase assistance to prevent more serious outcomes WFP said it urgently needs US 1 27 billion for all its operations in Kenya Ethiopia and Somalia for the period November 2022 to April 2023 Xinhua
WFP Warns Drought Leading To Food Insecurity, Acute Malnutrition In Horn Of Africa-

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– The impact of the drought in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia has caused food insecurity and a high level of acute malnutrition, warned the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations.

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The WFP, in its latest drought response situation report released on Tuesday, said some 22 million people are food insecure due to the drought in the affected countries.

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It further warned that the loss of livestock and reduced productivity have eroded the livelihoods of affected pastoralist communities.

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In 2022 alone, there were at least 9.2 million livestock deaths in the drought-stricken areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, according to WFP figures.

The WFP, citing the latest projections from the IPC Famine Review Committee, further warned that famine is likely to occur in three areas in Somalia’s Bay region between October and December.

He said the drought condition is further deteriorating the already dire humanitarian condition across the region.

“The food insecurity situation in East Africa continues to deteriorate due to extreme weather conditions, conflict and macroeconomic challenges (inflation, currency devaluation),” the WFP said.

He said the region has seen a significant increase in the price of local food baskets with Somalia recording the most expensive food basket in the region.

Amid worsening impacts of the ongoing drought, WFP said it has scaled up the response across the Horn of Africa to respond to severe food shortages by providing life-saving food and nutrition assistance to affected communities.

In Somalia, WFP has more than doubled its vital food assistance from 1.7 million people in April 2022 with plans to reach 4.5 million in the coming months, it said.

WFP is also enabling communities to recover faster and better from drought by investing in interventions that promote the resilience and adaptive capacities of communities to cope with shocks.

However, he noted that projections indicate a potential increase in needs, where additional funding is needed to maintain and increase assistance to prevent more serious outcomes.

WFP said it urgently needs US$1.27 billion for all its operations in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia for the period November 2022 to April 2023. ■

(Xinhua)

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