Responding to extreme drought through cash transfers in Baidoa District

Emergency Food Assistance
Somalia Emergency Food Assistance Project
Implementing Partner: World Concern Somalia
Lead Member: Emergency Relief and Development Overseas
People Served: 5,100
Budget: $878,361
Timeline: August 2023 – January 2024

Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) is supporting World Concern Somalia with a six-month humanitarian response project in Baidoa District, Bay Region, Southwest State, Somalia.

Somalia is facing the worst drought in the last 40 years. The unprecedented failure of five consecutive rainy seasons, as well as persistent conflict, displacement, and high food prices, are impacting 7.8 million people, nearly half of Somalia’s population. This has led to loss of life, severe damage to livelihoods and declining livestock holdings among pastoralists. In the period between January and March 2023, the number of people facing Crisis, or worse (IPC Phase 3 or above) levels of acute food insecurity is expected to increase up to 6.4 million, of which 1.9 million will be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 322,000 in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).

World Concern Somalia will provide six monthly cash transfers of C$120 per household. A total of C$605,000 will be provided. 850 of the most vulnerable households (5,100 individuals) will be targeted by this assistance. 680 of these households are displaced and 170 are households from host communities.

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