Categories: Africa

Huge livestock losses may worsen food security in Somalia

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that large-scale livestock losses as a result of drought have severely…

In its Global Information and Early Warning Systems (GIEWS) report, the FAO said that urgent support was needed to assist farmers as forecasts indicated below-average rainfall from April to June.

FAO representative in Somalia, Daniele Donati, said the losses, which amounted to 60% of herds in some areas, had severely damaged livelihoods, and the situation remained critical in the central and northern regions.

“It is crucial that we continue to support pastoralist households in building resilience against climate-related shocks by providing timely veterinary and feeding assistance for their animals,” Donati said in a statement.

The large losses suffered by livestock farmers had severely affected Somalia’s traditional agro-pastoral economy.

According to the FAO, urgent support was needed to build the resilience of pastoralist communities and prevent the deterioration of food security.

The prolonged drought in northern and central regions during the past two years had increased the number of people suffering severe food insecurity by about 3% to 1,8 million, or almost 30% of the population in these areas.

Last year 38,3 million animals were reached through the FAO’s animal health services, and a further 900 000 animals were provided with supplementary feeding, while more than 53 million litres of water were delivered to those in urgent need.

The UN food agency aimed to assist 2,7 million rural Somalis in 2018, and appealed for US$236 million to sustain these interventions and assist the most vulnerable families.

Recent Posts

Latest rhino poaching statistics called into question

While the 25% decline in rhino poaching incidences in South Africa between 2017 and 2018 should be cause for celebration,…

11 hours ago

Beef, bacon and onion pot roast

If you’ve got a working oven, why roast in a pot? This splendid collection of techniques and delicious flavours answers…

16 hours ago

Farmer’s Weekly Tour to Nampo 2019

Join us again for this year’s Farmer’s Weekly Nampo Tour from 14 – 17 May 2019. The tour includes entrance…

1 day ago

Do you ‘move’ or ‘motivate’ your employees?

People who simply ‘move’ in their jobs never flourish. ‘Motivated’ employees achieve success, and it’s your job to get them…

1 day ago

Organised agriculture’s wish list for 2019/2020 budget speech

Timeous and effective government assistance for South Africa’s farmers to survive ongoing drought conditions is one of the key aspects…

1 day ago

Fitting a McClellan saddle

This American cavalry saddle has been in use for 159 years. It was employed in the American Civil war and…

3 days ago

This website uses cookies.