Horn of Africa, Food Insecurity, Dec 2011
Summary: The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 20 years following two consecutive failed rainy seasons (2010-2011). The most severely drought affected countries are Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Recent analysis confirmed famine in three areas of Somalia.
Due to the severity and amplitude of this crisis various activities were undertaken by ACAPS during this period.
- Development of a multi-cluster tool: From August to November 2001, ACAPS deployed an assessment expert to OCHA Somalia. One of the main objectives of this deployment was to develop a multi-cluster assessment tool in order to ensure consistent field assessment methodology. The tool is currently being finalized by UNOCHA.
- Support to FSNWG: ACAPS has assisted the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) in the region. ACAPS sent a deployment to Nairobi in November 2011 to evaluate the way in which the FSNWG collects and presents their data. Based on the recommendations from this deployment, ACAPS has supported the FSNWG in redesigning its monthly updates.
Development and delivery of training: In order to improve the assessment capacity among local NGO staff working for international and local NGOs in Somalia, ACAPS and ECB organized several trainings in “Field Data Collection for Humanitarian Needs Assessments”.
ACAPS has been supporting NRC and several partners (including UNICEF, Care, Adeo, LUF, IRC, Save the Children, EU, RET, AVSI, UNHCR and Windel Trust) on an education assessment in the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya.
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