Continued conflict and subsequent displacement have disrupted livelihoods and access to key sources of food and income in Somalia, according to the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET). Large populations are suffering Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of food insecurity across the country. However, food security continues to improve, as livestock production have increased substantially. Overall, the Gu harvest in southern agro-pastoral areas of the country is expected to be above average. Despite the positive outlook and gains, humanitarian assistance needs to be sustained, in order to support the 5.4 million people who are still in need. Humanitarians have continued to provide life-saving assistance alongside livelihood support. However, they have also continued to grapple with a number of challenges, including ensuring the safety of personnel, assets and facilities. More funding is required, as the humanitarian situation remains fragile due to the residual impact of drought, displacements, conflict and marginalization. By mid-August, the Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) had received $563million. Combined with the approximate $167 million received outside the plan, the Somali operation has received $730 million in total.