FAO seeks 144 Million USD to help 6 million drought-hit rural residents in Somalia
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Friday it seeks 144 million U.S. dollars to assist more than six million people in Somalia affected by ravaging drought. The UN agency said in its Action Plan 2019 that the figure includes two million people who need direct food security and livelihood support. "This Action Plan builds on priorities set within the 2019 HRP (Humanitarian Response Plan), adjusting FAO's activities and targets to address the growing needs in areas worst impacted by the drought," said the UN agency. According to FAO, poor rains and extended drought over multiple seasons have had a major impact on rural livelihoods and food security in Somalia, pushing the country to the brink of famine, just five years after the crisis of 2011 that claimed the lives of over a quarter of a million people.