ACTNews, SOMALIA – Somalia is enduring its third consecutive poor rain season since late 2020, according to the Drought Bulletin issued by FAO’s Somalia Water and Land Information Management (FAO SWALIM) Unit in Mogadishu. The southern regions of Somalia are now enduring severe drought, while the north-eastern of the country is facing a widespread moderate drought.
FAO SWALIM stated that the severe drought conditions come when an estimated 3.5 million Somalis face acute food insecurity. The number of severely malnourished children is also on the rise.
The drought conditions triggered by failed rains have already destroyed crops and killed livestock. Farmers and herders are forced to walk increasingly long distances in search of pasture and water, and the drought has had a devastating impact on their lives and livelihoods.
In addition, the persistent drought conditions have contributed to rapidly declining household purchasing power. A situation that is worsening as international prices reached a ten-year high in October with imported rice prices in northern and central Somalia up by 50 percent and the prices of maize and sorghum up 30-60 percent in southern markets due to low supply.
The warning comes from the United Nations and the Somali Government. Climate projections show that the country is facing a fourth consecutive failed rainfall season. The UN predicts that food insecurity will worsen significantly till May 2022.