Food Security Statement July 2021

July 2021
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  • Approximately 60 million people in 10 of the 13 countries covered by the FSNWG were highly food insecure (IPC2 Phase 3+) and in need of urgent assistance in July 2021. Of these, about 29 million were from seven of the eight IGAD Member States.
  • Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) admissions continued to rise across the region, particularly in Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan, reflecting a worsening malnutrition situation.
  • Staple food prices in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are seasonally declining with the start of harvests in the bimodal areas. However, compared to the recent five-year average, staple food prices are up significantly in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, primarily due to inflation.
  • Heavy rains and floods were recorded in July, particularly in South Sudan and Sudan, which have affected thousands of people, damaging homes, farmlands, and infrastructure, disrupting livelihoods and the provision of basic services, and causing population displacements.
  • There is an increased probability of below- average rains during the upcoming October- December 2021 season, attributed to an increased probability of a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and La Niña. This raises the likelihood of a third consecutive season of drought, particularly in southern and south- eastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, and Somalia.
  • Conflict and insecurity continues to limit humanitarian access across parts of the region., especially in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and parts of South Sudan.
Tags: Food Security , Nutrition