UN calls for ‘sustained funding’ for humanitarian response in Somalia

The UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, is visiting Somalia together with the World Bank Group’s Senior Vice-President for the 2030 Development Agenda, Mahmoud Mohieldin, and the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peace building Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.

During their visit, the senior officials witnessed first-hand the link between humanitarian, peace building and development efforts in the country.

The delegation, which arrived in the southwestern Somali town of Baidoa, inspected donor-funded projects that support internally displaced persons.

Addressing a press conference in the capital, Mogadishu, Mr Lowcock said, “Notwithstanding all the actions that have been taken to deal with the humanitarian needs some months ago, there is a continued need that should be addressed by additional financing, just to safeguard the humanitarian situation over the next several months.”

“There is a need for sustained funding for humanitarian response to avert deterioration in the food security situation, which threatens millions in Somalia who are already affected by the worst poor crop harvest since 2011,” said the UN humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, on Thursday.

According to the latest information provided by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and Famine Early Warning Systems Network, Somalia’s recent cereal cropping has been the worst since 2011.

FAO blamed the fragile food security situation in Somalia on the delayed and erratic Gu rains between April and June, which negatively affected crop yields.

Humanitarian response plan for Somalia has received US$487m this year’s, which is less than half of the required financing to deliver life-saving assistance for the year.