Around 35,000 vulnerable people are receiving essential food staples, as Islamic Relief extends a key nutrition project in Somalia.

Over 7.1 million people are thought to require critical or emergency food assistance in Somalia, a country in which poor rains and conflict in South Sudan has fuelled food insecurity.

Islamic Relief’s emergency food assistance project recently provided food to people affected by drought in the southern districts of Middle Shebelle and Lower Shebelle, as well as Banadir.

Changes to the project resulted in savings, allowing Islamic Relief extend the scheme to reach 7,000 families in Afgoye, Balacad and Deynille camps around Mogadishu.

Targetting the most vulnerable – particularly expectant mothers, children, and older people –food parcels include rice, flour, sugar and cooking oiland are designed to last six weeks.

The project is funded by Islamic Relief Canada, with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency, and is due to be completed next month.

Islamic Relief is also improving food security in Somaliland and Puntland, through an integrated project focussed on long-term solutions to hunger and poverty in Somalia.