East Africa Regional Food Security & Nutrition Update (November 2021) – Ethiopia

Highlights :

About 58.6 million people face acute food insecurity in East Africa. This includes IPC numbers from the rural population (31.4 million people), the urban population (15.7 million), and the internally displaced and refugees (11.5 million). The situation continues to deteriorate, and 1.4 million people may face acute hunger in the next six months.

Food insecurity in Tigray and the conflict-affected areas of northern Ethiopia is critical, with urban populations and IDPs living in a worse situation than those living in rural areas.

In Tigray, child malnutrition (GAM) in September 2021 worsened to 22.7% from 17.1% in February while it was as high as 70.4% from 51.2% during the same period for pregnant and lactating women. Three states had child malnutrition above 30% while in 5 states it was more than 20%. The situation is set to get worse with the onset of the dry season despite some upcoming harvests

The Eastern Horn of Africa is facing severe drought conditions mainly affecting the eastern, northeastern and coastal region of Kenya, southern Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia, resulting in a population increase of one million people since August 2021. According to FAOSWALIM, more than 80% of Somalia suffers from severe drought conditions. .

The current drought has already caused a food price crisis in parts of southern Somalia beyond levels seen in the 2008 global economic crisis, the 2016/2017 drought, and the 2011 famine. Expect higher food price inflation in southern Somalia during the upcoming harvest.

The third consecutive year of massive flooding in South Sudan has resulted in mass displacement, limited movements, disruption of livelihoods, harvests and assistance. More than 300,000 people have been affected in Sudan and 760,000 people in South Sudan.

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