Drought, 19 Feb 2021
|Beneficiary types||Host communities, Internally displaced persons, Other affected persons|
ANTICIPATORY ACTION ALLOCATION: Beyond the current emergency, an even worse crisis is looming in the next months: Several climate forecasts predict the coming April-June rainfall season in Somalia to perform poorly as well. A second consecutive rainfall failure would further exacerbate the humanitarian situation and food security experts therefore predict that for the April to June period up to 2.65 million Somalis (21.5 per cent of the population) could face crisis or worse levels of food insecurity, including 400,000 likely to face emergency levels (3.2 per cent). These projected numbers of food insecurity surpass the trigger for the Somalia Anticipatory Action framework and the Emergency Relief Coordinator will therefore allocate up to an additional $20 million for anticipatory action to prevent such a severe deterioration of the situation. The AA allocation will leverage the pre-agreed action plan developed with different agencies to enable collective, timely, and adequate assistance in the face emerging needs. Notably, this is the second allocation for the anticipatory action framework in Somalia, demonstrating the concept is working and can reach scale. The AA allocation will complement the $7 million CERF RR and $13.3 million SHF allocations which seek to provide immediate support to communities already suffering severe water shortages, as a result of the poor October-December season. In addition, the up to $20 million AA allocation will assist those communities whose well-being, especially food security, is further threatened by the forecast poor March-June season. The joint AA and RR allocation show that the different humanitarian streams can work together and be complementary to achieve greater impact.