UN approves a 22 million-dollar loan to prevent famine in Somalia but more is desperately needed
The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved an urgently needed 22-million dollar loan on Tuesday as part of the international response to prevent another famine in Somalia but more needs to be done if we want to avert a crisis at an international scale, said UN officials.
Somalia is facing another severe drought after a famine in 2011 caused 260 thousand deaths.
The loan is part of the international response to prevent another famine in Somalia.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The FAO is scaling up its activities in drought affected regions of Somalia and this action aims to increase rural livelihood support, restore food production and ensure that families meet their immediate food and water needs.
The UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which complements the loans already provided by FAO's Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities, aims to increase rural livelihood support and restore food production, while ensuring that families meet their immediate food and water needs.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that 6.2 million people across Somalia will face acute food insecurity through June 2017 with nearly 3 million people at stage 3, classified as crisis and 4, considered emergency.
The International Phase Classification for Food Security (IPC) has five phases. Phase 5 is famine. This has more than doubled compared to six months ago.
The newly- elected president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed described the Severe drought that had hit his country as a "national disaster".
"The loan will bridge a crucial gap and allow FAO to immediately save lives and livelihoods of farmers and herders until additional funds from donors are received," said the head of UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien.
Another 4,4 billion are still need and the UN is seeking whatever help it could get from the international community before July 2017 in order to face the hunger and famine that threaten more than 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.