World Vision Responds to Severe Drought in Somalia

Irish Aid-funded mobile cash enables community members to purchase food from local markets.

Irish Aid-funded mobile cash enables community members to purchase food from local markets.

With support from Irish Aid, World Vision is responding to acute drought and food shortages in Somalia; affecting an estimated 5.4 million people.

The UN has warned that climate-related-drought in Somalia could put 2.2 million people at risk of starvation. An approximate 1.1 million children are expected to be affected by the drought.

World Vision is acting promptly to help prevent people from experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity. Funded by Irish Aid, World Vision is providing a cash transfer using mobile phones to 368 vulnerable households, or 2,208 people, located in the worst drought-affected communities of Eyl, Nugaal Region, Puntland. Mobile cash enables community members unable to earn an income from crops and livestock production, to access different foods in functioning markets in a safe, efficient and dignified manner. Meeting the communities’ present needs will assist in the sustainability of our Irish Aid-funded education and protection programmes in the area.

Two consecutive below-average rainy seasons and harsh weather throughout the country, specifically in northern and central Somalia, have led to minimal crop growth and livestock production. The situation is expected to worsen leaving millions food insecure.

Nationwide, approximately 49,000 people have been displaced this year due to the drought; a blow to the recovery efforts made since Somalia’s 2016 to 2017 drought which displaced over a million people within the country.

A country already perturbed by armed conflict and severe climatic conditions, further drought is feared to send Somalia into a bigger humanitarian crisis. As climate change continues, the numbers of devastating natural disasters and thus, humanitarian emergencies, are expected to rise.

According to the UN, over 600 million euros is needed to provide crucial life-saving aid to an estimated 4.5 million Somalis in areas worst affected by drought.

Climate-related drought has caused severe food and water insecurity in Gabilay, Somaliland.

Climate-related drought has caused severe food and water insecurity in Gabilay, Somaliland.

Community members meet with World Vision staff to learn about mobile cash.

Community members meet with World Vision staff to learn about mobile cash.