WFP Reaches to Over 4 Million Somalis with Food, Nutrition Support

The WFP has scaled up humanitarian assistance in Somalia to prevent famine. (PHOTO CREDIT: WFP Somalia)

The United Nations World Food Program delivers life-saving food and nutrition to over four million Somalis to prevent famine in the country.

“Over the last six months, WFP has more than doubled the number of people reached with life-saving food and cash assistance from 1.7 million in April to 4.4 million people in August,” WFP said. “A further 450,000 children and mothers received nutrition support from WFP in August, as the agency expands both the caseload and number of treatment sites.” 

Four failed rainy seasons and the worst drought in over 40 years have forced millions of people to flee their homes in search of food, water, and medicine.

The WFP says “The scale-up has helped keep the worst outcomes of Somalia’s hunger crisis at bay so far. But the situation on the ground remains dire, with lives and livelihoods being lost.”

According to the aid group, increasing humanitarian help is necessary to prevent a potential famine and a death toll that might top tens of thousands.

The WFP said the agency’s reach is growing. 

“WFP is reaching new rural areas, including in the famine risk districts of Baidoa and Burhakaba, with food assistance and cash transfers.”

Aid agencies say mobile money transfers are helping in reaching the victims of drought more quickly and efficiently.

The persistent drought, conflict and climate change has made more than 7.1 million people food insecure in Somalia.

The WFP reported a financial gap of $412 million for all programs through March 2023, with a shortfall of $315 million for nutrition and life-saving food relief.