UN Development Chiefs’ in Somalia to address food insecurity

UN officials are in Somalia since 30 January as part of a joint mission to Ethiopia to address the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and recommend solutions to address it.

Somalia averted a famine last year when the Government and partners heeded early warning reports and ramped up the response. But the drought and ongoing conflict, coupled with the resultant displacement of a million people last year, has left six million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner will highlight the need to continue life-saving humanitarian assistance as an urgent priority, while simultaneously addressing the root causes of Somalia’s recurring humanitarian crises and encouraging investment in the untapped sectors of the country.