Address and Prevent Famine in Four Countries

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are experiencing famine or the risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and their humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.

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People Who Need Urgent Food Assistance


Children Severely Acutely Malnourished


Sources: 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen.

Nigeria Emergency

An elevated risk of famine persists in the north-east. Some areas remain inaccessible to humanitarians, leaving affected people in life-threatening conditions.

South Sudan Emergency

Famine could again be a realty for over 1 million people threatened by hunger. Access constraints and insecurity continue to hamper the response.

Somalia Emergency

Due to consecutive and severe droughts, the risk of famine persists in Somalia, especially in agropastoral areas of Bay and Bakool and the Northern Inland Pastoral livelihood zone.

Yemen Emergency

Yemen is facing the largest food insecurity emergency in the world. Life-saving interventions must continue and be scaled up for a large population now on the brink of famine.

* Road status reflects present conditions. Security-incident data for Yemen is only available after May 2016.

Immediate Requirements

Requirements Received

By Country

Requirements % Funded2
Nigeria $0.73B 56%
South Sudan3 $1.25B 65%
Somalia4 $1.21B 47%
Yemen $1.7B 48%

Sources: Financial Tracking Service (FTS). 1The $4.9B funding-requirement figure reflects compiled data for the four priority clusters (health, food security, nutrition and WASH) in each of the four countries, as tracked by FTS. 2Includes flexible, unearmarked funding to the HRPs in the four countries. 3The requirements include funds requested for food security, health, nutrition and WASH interventions for refugees inside South Sudan. 4The priority requirements for Somalia have increased from $720 million to $1.21 billion until the end of the year.