Country Report Djibouti November 2006

Economic policy: Food insecurity remains a problem despite rainfall

International bodies have warned that the level of rainfall over the summer months was insufficient to restore food security in the Horn of Africa and that emergency humanitarian support will continue to be necessary in some regions until the end of the year. Djibouti has been badly hit by the drought in the region, which has been disastrous for nomadic pastoralists and has also affected the urban poor (May and August 2006, Economic policy). Up to 150,000 people have also been affected by food shortages and rising food prices in rural and coastal areas. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed that the June-September rains were normal or above normal and that humanitarian assistance has improved the food security situation, but it warned that many households will continue to face problems.

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