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In June 2021 Somalia was estimated to have a population of 16.35 million people, of whom 46% now live in cities. The urban population is predicted to triple by 2050. Somalia, which is 627 340 km2 in extent is situated on the Horn of Africa. It has the longest coastline of any country on the continent. It shares borders with Kenya in the south, Ethiopia in the west and Djibouti in the north-west. Maritime borders are shared with Yemen.
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Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart Price

200,000 at risk of starvation as drought ravages Somalia: UN

28 September 2022

The United Nations has warned that the Horn of Africa nation is on the brink of famine for the second time in just over a decade, with 200,000 people in danger of starvation.

Drought, Somaliland,photo by UNDP

Drought and hunger in Somalia, Ethiopia and region: What to know

7 September 2022

Millions of people are facing food insecurity.  Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could be experiencing their worst drought in 40 years this October-December with drier-than-average conditions predicted.

Twelve-month-old Fatun was enrolled in a supplementary feeding programme in Gedo, in southern Somalia, in June 2022. (Samantha Reinders/WFP)

Famine ‘at the door’ in Somalia, predicted for later this year

5 September 2022

Famine “is at the door” in Somalia, with “concrete indications” that parts of the south-central Bay region will be in famine between October and December this year without an urgent surge in aid, the UN warned today. “This is the final warning to all of us,” the UN’s humanitarian chief, Martin…



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Promoting hunger and impoverishment in Somalia

9 January 2023

Mark Duffield and Nicholas Stockton write how the ecologically sustainable, communally managed subsistence pastoralism in Somalia has been displaced by militarised extractive ranching. Challenging mainstream accounts of the “drought” Duffield and Stockton argue the current crisis is the result of…

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State of Land Data & Information in East Africa: Catalyzing East Africa's Land Data Ecosystem

There is no doubt the Global Data Revolution has reached the land sector. Government data portals, open access academic journals, community mapping initiatives and other citizen-generated data - there is a palpable positive drive across the world that allows processes such as data collection to be…

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