Sixth failed rainy season spells further disaster and loss of life in Somalia, warns The IRC

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The UN High-Level Task Force on Preventing Famine  (HLTF) should prioritise the six countries at highest risk, including Somalia. The task force’s membership should be expanded to include international financial institutions, local and international NGOs and civil society groups, the states like Somalia which are affected by food insecurity, and leading donors like USAID and emerging donors.

The HLTF should focus on unlocking the political will to respond to a famine risk, mobilising investments at scale to respond to early warning systems, and coordinating collective action across the international community. In addition to coordinating the global response, the HLTF should mobilise a donor pledging conference focused on the areas of highest need.