The World Bank has approved 50 million U.S. dollars for emergency drought response in Somalia where 6.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and recovery support.
The funds release under the emergency project — Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP, the Project) — will address the immediate needs of communities affected by the drought as well as supporting early recovery and improved resilience to future shocks.
“Together with its partners, the World Bank is committed to address immediate needs by providing emergency support to save lives while helping the country recover,” said Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region.
“To prevent recurrent famines, we must also focus on long-term measures and help Somalia build stronger and more resilient food systems,” Diop added, noting that the world must act quickly in face of famine.
To deliver the Project, the Bank is supporting the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The lender said the project will be achieved through a surge of high-impact, rapid interventions, including the provision of food, water, cash and essential household items, as well as through the reconstitution of productive assets, production capacity and livelihoods including livestock and farming assets.
World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Burundi and Somalia Bella Bird said the drought is undermining a fragile period of political, security and development gains in Somalia.
While Somalia is at risk of famine, the drought has already had significant impacts as over 680,000 people have been displaced from rural areas in the past six months. About 1.4 million children will need treatment for acute malnutrition. Enditem