US Pumps Ksh. 56.5 Billion Drought Funding To Somalia

Today’s announcement includes $461 million (Ksh. 54.7 Billion) in humanitarian assistance that will allow USAID partners to urgently scale-up assistance to millions of people across Somalia.

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $476 million (Ksh. 56.5 Billion) in critical humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Somalia.

With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $707 million (Ksh. 83,9 Billion) in humanitarian assistance for the people of Somalia in FY 2022. It is imperative that Somalia’s partners in the international community join the United States in increasing their contributions to the Somali people to avert significant loss of life in the midst of multiple consecutive failed rainy seasons and skyrocketing food and fuel prices due to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

USAID’s critical assistance comes as Somalia is experiencing four back-to-back drought seasons, and more than 200,000 people currently face an imminent risk of famine.

A confluence of crises, including COVID-19, desert locust infestations, and continued recovery from previous droughts have grinded away at people’s livelihoods across the country. Meanwhile, climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of droughts globally.

Today’s announcement includes $461 million (Ksh. 54.7 Billion) in humanitarian assistance that will allow USAID partners to urgently scale-up assistance to millions of people across Somalia.

The funding also includes $15 million (Ksh 1.78 Billion) in development assistance, subject to congressional approval, in development assistance in Somalia to help farmers stay productive by equipping them with vouchers to obtain seeds and tools, maintaining and extending canals so they can water their crops, and providing community grants to improve and build storage and processing facilities.

A portion of the funding for Somalia is included in the additional Ukraine supplemental and is part of the $2.76 billion (Ksh. 327,6 Billion) in USAID assistance announced by President Joe Biden on June 27, 2022.

It is immediately being programmed to address the most dire impacts of the global food security crisis and historic drought in countries with high levels of acute food insecurity, reliance on Russian and Ukrainian imports, and vulnerability to price shocks.