Address and Prevent Famine in Four Countries

On 22 February 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General issued an urgent Call to Action to the international community: famine had been declared in two counties of Unity State in South Sudan, and 20 million people, including 1.4 million severely malnourished children, were at risk of famine across north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Life-saving operations were immediately scaled up in all four countries, but within extremely challenging environments. The UN and our partners are now providing life-saving assistance to nearly 13 million people each month.

Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

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People Who Need Urgent Food Assistance

20Million +

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

Six million people in South Sudan are severely food insecure, and 1.7 million of these people are one step away from famine. Relentless conflict, access constraints and violence against humanitarian workers and assets continues to hamper the response.

Somalia Emergency

Due to persistent drought in a context of ongoing conflict, the risk of famine continues in Somalia, especially in central and northern parts of the country.

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 in crisis.

* 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 84%
South Sudan3 $1.25B 72%
Somalia4 $1.21B 73%
Yemen $1.7B 88%

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.