In southern Somalia, across Baidoa and Dollow a combination of drought and high food prices are creating a perfect storm

Drought and high food prices create a perfect storm in southern Somalia

In southern Somalia, across Baidoa and Dollow a combination of drought and high food prices are creating a perfect storm. As of 30 June, the severe drought has affected more than 7 million people, an increase from 6.1 million in May, with over 800,000 people internally displaced. The majority have moved from drought-stricken rural areas to urban places and are living in makeshift settlements for the displaced, to seek assistance. The scale of need is far outstripping the current assistance being provided, driven by daily new arrivals into makeshift settlements for displaced families. 

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Making the invisible visible in drought conditions
Climate Emergency

Making the invisible visible in drought conditions

Follow our National Director Simon Nyabwengi to the Jubba River, one of the two permanent rivers in southern Somalia. In normal times, it is a huge, roaring water body that can only be crossed using traditional canoes. But with severe drought, it has shrunk to an eighth of its size, gradually becoming invisible.

But even having shrunk, it is still sustaining life on its banks and beyond. What makes this possible?

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Looming severe drought in Somalia if rains fail
Joint Statement to the Donor Community

NGOs call upon donors to urgently fund Somalia drought crisis

World Vision, together with fellow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Somali NGO Consortium, is deeply concerned for the lives of millions of Somalis facing a severe food crisis and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

More than 7.7 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, and current Somalia humanitarian appeal is underfunded by a staggering 98%.

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Cash Transfer Safety Net project restores hope and livelihoods to households affected by locust invasions

Restoring hope and livelihoods to households affected by locust invasions

World Vision launched the Locust Response project in Puntland (Nugal region) to improve food security through immediate cash-inject assets for protection and livelihood recovery. Objectives of the project include to improve households’ immediate access to food, reduce the spread of desert locusts in coordination with communities and government, and strengthen preventive and surveillance measures.

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World Vision's community feedback mechanism benefits children with disability
Disability inclusion during COVID-19

World Vision's community feedback mechanism benefits children with disability

Thanks to World Vision’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) feedback system, beneficiaries living with disabilities in Dacarta village now have a new reason to smile. Among other benefits, the initiative has informed provision of mobility aids to persons living with disability in rural areas, in order to enable them move around with ease.

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Somalia

World Vision has been operational in Somalia since 1993,  responding to the over three decades-long protracted humanitarian crisis, working with communities to overcome conflict and climate-induced challenges, strengthen resilience, improve people’s livelihoods as well as address development challenges. We do this by implementing community-based and multi-sectoral emergency and resilience-focused programmes across different parts of Somalia. Our programmes are especially focused on food security and livelihoods, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, protection and education. 

By 2025, World Vision plans to protect and improve the wellbeing of 2 million children by building the resilience of their families and communities. Working hand-in-hand with local partners and government, we seek to achieve this goal through multi-sectoral and sequenced programming that addresses the root causes of vulnerability at households, communities, and institutional levels.  

In the last strategic cycle (2016-2020), World Vision reached 2 million people directly, of which nearly half were children.

14.6 million

Population, total

Mogadishu

Capital City

5.6 billion

GDP (current US$)
Somalia Drought Situation

Somalia Drought Situation

Millions in need of urgent humanitarian aid.

April 2022- The effects of climate change have been brutal on Somalia, where drought cycles have become more frequent and severe. Somalia and Somaliland yet again are staring at a potential of another season of failed rains and if this happens, it will be the fourth consecutive season of poor rains.

Somalia's Drought Worsens, increasing the risk of famine

As of 30 June, the severe drought has affected more than 7 million people, an increase from 6.1 million in May, with over 800,000 people internally displaced. The majority have moved from drought-stricken rural areas to urban places and are living in makeshift settlements for the displaced, to seek assistance. The scale of need is far outstripping the current assistance being provided, driven by daily new arrivals into makeshift settlements for displaced families.

To learn more about and support World Vision's global response to a growing hunger crisis, click here.

Our Work

Through our work in various sectors, we are working to improve the well-being of 2 million children across the country.

A shallow well saves girls and women

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Low-cost land restoration Techniques

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A pillar for his community

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Hamdi Yarrow Mustaf, 7 months old was brought in to a World Vision nutrition clinic in Baidoa in South West State and upon screening found to be severely malnourished, weighing only 4 kilograms at the time.
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Hamdi Yarrow Mustaf, 7 months old was brought in to a World Vision nutrition clinic in Baidoa in South West State and upon screening found to be severely malnourished, weighing only 4 kilograms at the time.

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