Somalia faces "tough" food situation

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A woman stands above her crops on a platform, keeping a lookout for birds, near the town of Jowhar, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The food situation in Somalia has been described as "tough' as a result of weather conditions and conflict.

According to the latest report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) late rains and erratic weather patterns have raised concerns about the worsening food situation in the country.

FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System report has warned that as food stocks from the last poor harvest become depleted, prices continue to rise sharply in Somalia.

Mario Zappacost is an economist with FAO.

 "The current food situation in Somalia is definitely tough. It's very difficult. In particular we have to remember the conflict. The conflict restarted in March, especially in central and southern part of the country, leading to a large displacement of people including farmers that were not able to plant on time at the end of March for the current season. So we are expecting a reduction in planted area." (27")

The UN agriculture agency says it's working with its partners to address the humanitarian situation in Somalia it urgently needs $18 million to scale up rapid interventions.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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