Somalia’s food security problems rise

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Limited rain, displacement, lack of access to basic services and continuing conflict has doubled the food security needs of Somalia in 2017, compared to the five-year average, and the number of people in emergency has grown from 83,000 in January to 866,000 people in November 2017.

According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) released on 29 November by the Somalia Humanitarian Country Team, there are over 6.2 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance in the country.

The country faces an acute malnutrition rate of 17.4 per cent in some locations, which is above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent.

Ther are about two million people, including one million in 2017, are now displaced. They constitute one-third of those in need of assistance, said the report.

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