Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa
Famine has spread to the Bay region, one of Somalia's most productive areas. Famine was earlier declared in five other areas in southern and central Somalia. - Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia
The number of Somalis in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 2.4 million to 4 million in the past eight months, with 3 million of them in the country's south. - FAO.
Figures paint a bleak picture for Somalia, there is a window of opportunity for the humanitarian community to stop and reverse this undesirable trend by supporting farmers and herders in addition to other emergency interventions.
Bay region produces 80 per cent of Somalia's sorghum harvest and is considered the country's breadbasket.
Record levels of acute malnutrition have been registered there, with 58 per cent of children under the age of five acutely malnourished, with a crude mortality rate of more than two deaths per 10,000 per day.
The current drought-related food crisis has affected other countries in the Horn of Africa, including northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Djibouti.