Rural livelihoods are people’s best defence against famine. Interventions that reinforce rural livelihoods meet immediate food needs, mitigate displacement pressures, reduce the overall humanitarian burden and lay the groundwork for recovery.
FAO is delivering large-scale, strategic combinations of assistance to rural people at high risk of hunger, providing them with cash-transfers for food and water purchases, plus the means to continue farming and veterinary care to keep their animals alive.
Key FAO deliveries since the start of the crisis include over USD 10 million in direct cash payments to rural families, lifesaving veterinary treatments for 14.7 million animals, 1 000 tonnes of seed to almost 40 000 farmers ahead of the Gu growing season, and 14+ million litres of water supplied to livestock.
Gu season rains started late and have so far been mixed, raising the risk of yet another reduced harvest in July. Continued and scaled-up support for rural communities through the rest of 2017 will be necessary to prevent worsening food insecurity and keep livelihoods intact.
An extended and severe drought reduced last year’s main Gu cereal harvest to 50% below average; production in the secondary Deyr season was down 70%.
Over half the is population facing acute food insecurity (IPC phases 2, 3 and 4)
2/3 of people experiencing stressed to emergency levels of food insecurity are rural – a threefold increase from mid-2016. 9 out of 10 people facing famine are rural.
People displaced due to drought since November 2016