UN warns of worsening food security in Somalia

NAIROBI: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday warned of worsening food security situation in Somalia in the next several months as the drought looms in the Horn of Africa nation.
FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU) said the situation has been compounded by poor performance of the rainy season, shrinking humanitarian assistance and access, rising malnutrition, conflict and surging food prices.
“An estimated 203,000 acutely malnourished children under the age of 5 also require urgent treatment and nutrition support through mid 2014,” FSNAU said in a statement issued Monday. The FSNAU and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network had estimated in February that 857,000 people remain in Crisis and Emergency, requiring urgent humanitarian assistance through June.
“Food security is expected to deteriorate from Crisis to Emergency among displaced populations in Mogadishu where rates of acute malnutrition and mortality levels have surpassed emergency thresholds,” it said. 

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