Week 1 Summary

The Cost of Inaction, July 2023

Key takeaway:

Sustained nutrition interventions are crucial to prevent famine, morbidity, and excess mortality among displaced people and rural populations in Somalia.

The lack of appropriate shelter and non-food items exposes displaced persons to harsh living conditions and increases their vulnerability.

Acute water shortages and sanitation challenges pose health risks and hinder the operation of schools and health institutions.

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Global Food Security Update, July 2023

Key takeaway:

Russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative raises concerns about future trade dynamics and regional stability.

Ukraine is preparing alternative export routes to mitigate the impact of the withdrawal, but there could still be a significant market reaction and price increase.

The withdrawal will affect Ukrainian farmers, leading to declining farmgate prices, reduced income, and higher storage costs.

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Joint Markets and Supply Chain Update | 23 – 29 July 2023

Key takeaway:

Prices of food and non-food items remained stable overall, with some exceptions in Puntland and Southwest.

Availability of stocks was sufficient countrywide, except in certain towns facing insufficient inventories.

Assortment remained strong in most markets, but some markets in Southwest and Hiran saw diminished variety on shelves.

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Somalia 2023 Humanitarian Funding Overview ( As of 31 July 2023)

Key takeaway:

The total funding requirements for the Somalia HRP in 2023 amount to $2.6 billion, out of which only $851 million has been received, leaving a significant funding gap of $1.75 billion.

The food security and nutrition cluster has the highest unmet requirements, with $678 million still needed to address the crisis in these areas.

The United States, Germany, and the European Commission are among the top contributors to the Somalia HRP, with the USA being the largest donor.

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Somalia’s Institutions Get a Boost to Help Bring the Country Closer to Debt Relief

Key takeaway:

Somalia has received a $75 million grant to support its institutional reforms and efforts toward debt relief under the HIPC Initiative.

The grant aims to help Somalia develop high-potential sectors, attract private capital, increase access to finance, and strengthen governance arrangements.

The grant also supports the harmonization of customs regimes, the strengthening of external audit functions, and efforts to reduce fragmentation and strengthen the social contract.

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How Climate Change Is Causing Loss and Damage Around The World

Key takeaway:

Somalia is grappling with a massive humanitarian catastrophe caused by a prolonged and severe drought, with 8 million people experiencing acute food insecurity.

The drought has devastated agriculture and livestock, leading to the impoverishment of communities and the displacement of over 1.3 million people.

Public health consequences are dire, with high levels of malnutrition and disease outbreaks, such as cholera and measles, on the rise.

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