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.
Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich
Famine was formally declared in parts of South Sudan in February 2017. Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are close to crossing a food insecurity threshold that will also lead to famine if we don’t act now. Allowing famine to unfold is a choice; we must choose to stop it.
People Who Need Urgent Food Assistance
Children Severely Acutely Malnourished
Sources: 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen.
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 Famine
Some 100,000 people are already facing famine, while 1 million people are on the brink. Access constraints and insecurity continue to hamper the response.
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 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.
Protracted conflict and subsequent access constraints are both a primary cause of the crises in all four countries, as well as a key challenge for partners delivering life-saving assistance. Without full, safe and unhindered access, humanitarian conditions will continue to deteriorate, pushing hundreds of thousands of people closer to famine.
* Road status reflects present conditions. Security-incident data for Yemen is only available after May 2016.
With funding and access to affected people, we can avert famine, save lives and prevent a human catastrophe on a massive scale. But we must act now before it’s too late.
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.