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GIEWS Country Brief
Reference Date: 18-May-2011
 Poor 2011 diraac/sougum rains (March to May) affect pastoral
 Food security conditions likely to deteriorate further until the
start of the next rainy season in June/July

Unfavourable prospects for diraac/sougum rains
The 2011 diraac/sougum rains (March to May) started late in pastoral
inland areas, especially in western Dikhil region, and have so far been
very scarce and poorly distributed. This follows the failed 2010/11
heys/dada rainy season (October to February), further deteriorating
pasture and water availability with negative consequences on animal
body conditions and milk production. High livestock mortality rates were
reported, in particular in northwest and southeast inland areas that
essentially depend on water catchments.
Food security situation likely to deteriorate
In most pastoral areas, 2011 lean season has started in April, about
two months earlier than normal. Overall, the food security situation has
gradually worsened in the last several months and it is not expected to
improve before June/July, when the 2011 karan/karma rainy season is
expected to begin in inland areas.
Prices of main staple commodities have generally increased since late
last year. In wholesale markets of Djibouti city, average price of wheat
flour increased by 17 percent between January and February 2011,
reaching about USD 620 per tonne, well above the average price of
USD 400 in mid-2007, just before the food price crisis.
Some 120 000 people, mainly small-scale farmers and herders living in
northwest, central and south-eastern parts of the country are estimated
to be requiring humanitarian assistance following four consecutive poor
rainy seasons that resulted in substantial decline in livestock holdings
and severely disrupted local livelihood systems. In addition, the high
cost of transportation, driven by rising fuel prices, is becoming a major
constraint to food access in remote areas. Food insecurity of
households requiring food assistance may increase from June as WFP
food aid pipeline is expected to face a break due to shortages in
incoming supplies. Food insecurity is also expected to increase in
urban areas where access to food for poor households is limited by
high food prices, low remittances and few employment opportunities

About labo22

Hi, this is Labaale your average concerned citizen of Horn of Africa, we’re really worried about the stability of this war torn region, we have the worst dictators from around the world, ironically supported by the Western Countries supposedly the advocators of democracy, transparency, good governance and human Right, If regime change is really needed this is the place to start, we have no short of rootless dictators from MELES Zenawi of Ethiopia,ISMAIL Guelleh of Djibouti,RAYAALE Kahin of self-declared Somaliland and ISAIAS Afwerk of Eritrea.

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