IGAD Bi-annual Meeting on Food Security and Nutrition
Vulnerable communities in the IGAD region continue to experience a complex mix of re-enforcing shocks and stresses that are eroding their resilience to food insecurity and malnutrition. According to the Global Report on Food Crises 2021, an estimated 31.4 million people across seven of the eight IGAD Member States – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda – were highly food insecure in 2020, making the region host to about 20 percent of the global number of highly food insecure people in the 55 countries| territories analysed. In addition, at any point in time during the year, an estimated 3.5 million children under five years were wasted, with 0.9 million of them requiring life-saving treatment for severe wasting.
A deterioration in the situation is expected through mid-2022 largely driven by weather and climate extremes, conflict and insecurity, and economic challenges, including the long-running impacts of COVID-19, compounded by various vulnerabilities stemming from protracted impacts of previous shocks, and high levels of poverty and inequality.
It is against this background that IFRAH, in collaboration with IPC-GSU for East and Central Africa and ACREI, and through the support of the Government of Sweden and FAO, seeks to convene the fourth IGAD Bi-annual Meeting on Food Security and Nutrition.
To bring together IGAD Member States and partners to jointly discuss their food security and nutrition analyses, in order to have a common understanding of the current situation in the region, and propose practical interventions for emergency, medium-term and long-term responses.