Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Food security crisis in the Horn of Africa - A map from WFP helps to monitor the distribution of food in more affected areas

Drought, conflict, and rising food prices are affecting more than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa. On 20 July, famine conditions were declared in several southern regions of Somalia. The Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) forecasts that famine conditions will spread if humanitarian assistance does not increase. In response, WFP is planning to feed over 11.5 million people, including 3.7 million people in Somalia, 3.7 million in Ethiopia, and 2.7 million in Kenya.
WFP to monitor the distribution of food in Somalia and control which areas within the country are most in need of assistance has developed the following map. The tool offers a bird’s-eye view of the food security situation in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. It also lists the locations of WFP distribution centers and identifies areas with limited humanitarian access which are more in need of assistance. The map uses data from the WFP, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Famine Early Warning System Network, among other sources.

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