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Monday, 23 August 2010

Somalia humanitarian crisis eases

The number of people needing humanitarian assistance in Somalia has dropped by 25 percent to 2 million in the last six months, easing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, according to a UN study published today. But the report, by the Nairobi-based Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), warned that though Somalia received above average rains, boosting food production and livestock farming, these gains could easily be reversed.“The current situation indicates an improvement but with 27 percent of the population still in crisis the needs remain very significant. And if the next rain season is poor, then the numbers in crisis will rise again” said Grainne Moloney, FSNAU’s Chief Technical Advisor. The recent long rainy season – from April to the end of June – was good. The season, also known as Gu, received above normal rainfall in most of the country, boosting production of maize and sorghum and improving conditions in the livestock sector, the major economic activity of the country.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization United Nations