Caritas is appealing for funds help build farmers’ and communties’ resilience to drought in response to food shortages in Ethiopia.
The number of people needing emergency food assistance is 8.2 million following a period of drought and erratic rains which have affected harvests. Caritas will launch a €2.9 million (ETB 66,643,952.00) emergency programme will help almost 500,000 people either directly or indirectly for the whole of 2016.
The government of Ethiopia, has been granted US50 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for climate-resilience projects. Deputy Minister of Forestry, Environment and Climate Changes, Kare Chawicha, said the country will receive the money after independent GCF experts decided on the US50 million ceiling. Ethiopia launched its ambitious five-year economic Growth and Transformation Plan GTP II (2015-2020) in July and it had hoped to unlock up to US250 million from the fund through its ministry of finance and economic co-operation (MoFEC) to meet its ambitious green development strategy.
ADDIS ABABA – A major contribution of 140 million Swedish kronor (US$16 million) from the Government of Sweden is allowing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide relief food assistance this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
The contribution from the Swedish International Development Agency, or Sida, is one of the first international responses to the crisis amidst rising food needs across the country and increased efforts to support the Government of Ethiopia in the response.
The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.
The Office of Government Communication Affairs has said that the Government will take every measure possible to avoid any loss of life from the drought that has affected many parts of the country. The Minister in charge of the Government Communication Affairs Office, Getachew Reda, said in a press release on Monday (November 16) that the Government was increasing the supply of emergency food aid and other support to people living in drought affected areas of the country.
Source: Reuters - Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:36 GMT
Ethiopia says has spent $280 mln to tackle crisis
U.N. says 15 mln people may need food aid by early 2016
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopia expects to open a tender to buy additional wheat after purchasing one million tonnes to tackle extreme food shortages due to drought, a senior official said on Wednesday.
ADDIS ABABA – Thanks to timely contributions from key donors, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue food distributions later this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and can scale up nutrition help to more than 700,000 children and nursing mothers in the most drought-affected areas. The scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis.
A new fresh food voucher system introduced in Ethiopia is benefiting 3,000 South Sudanese refugee families in Tierkidi camp in Gambella.
Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Drought conditions affecting pasture and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas
Mixed prospects for 2015 main “meher” cereal crops
Cereal prices easing in October with beginning of “meher” crop harvest, while prices of livestock products and vegetables remain high
Food security conditions sharply deteriorated in recent months due to drought conditions
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
November 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) -The number of South Sudan refugees crossing borders to Ethiopia due to the armed conflict at home has saw a significant decline during the recent weeks, a UN refugee agency official told Sudan Tribune on Friday.
Kisut Gebregzabiher, UNHCR’s senior public information officer in Addis Ababa, said currently an average six South Sudanese refugees arrive at Ethiopian borders per day a sharp decline compared to previous months where large numbers of refugees had been recorded on daily bases.
Addis Ababa November 13/2015 The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) has donated today 30 million birr to drought victims in the regional state.
While handing over the donation, ANDM Central Committee Office Head Alemnew Mekonnen said the organization would further strengthen its support.
The donation is collected from members of the party and supporters, he said, adding that the participation of all members of ANDM in raising the fund shows that the organization stands for the people.
Addis Ababa November 15/2015 The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched the second phase of agriculture action plan on Saturday.
The ministry is optimistic that the over 12 billion birr plan will boost agricultural productivity.
Four million households will benefit from the plan which is believed to have a significant contribution to the success of GTP-2, according to the state minister Wondyirad Mandefro.
While launching the plan in Bishoftu town, the state minister mentioned its significance in maintaining the growth in agriculture.
Lake Hawassa and its surrounding area in southern Ethiopia has suffered from environmental damage and climate change, with its soil, water and forest resources damaged by the expansion of agricultural land. An Irish Aid supported programme is helping to restore damaged land, to the benefit of over 40,000 locals, including small farmers and landless youth.
Irish Aid is supporting a group of Non-Governmental Organisations - SOS Sahel Ethiopia, Self Help Africa, Farm Africa and VITA – with funding of €1 million to rehabilitate the environment around Lake Hawassa.
Ethiopia - IOM Ethiopia is conducting a two-day international migration law (IML) training on 12-13 November 2015 for 24 senior government officials in Addis Ababa.
The participants come from seven regions and two city administrations - Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Somalia, Harari, Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.
They include officials from Bureau of Women’s and Children Affairs, Police Commission, Bureau of Justice, Bureau of Labor and Social Affairs, and Federal Supreme Court child justice project.
With rapid economic growth and a government safety net, Ethiopians are understandably angry at being associated in western minds with misery
(New York, 12 November 2015) – United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien today released US$17 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support people affected by the worst drought in Ethiopia in decades. UN and partners are supporting the ongoing response led by the Government of Ethiopia.
The El Niño global climactic event has wreaked havoc on Ethiopia’s summer rains. This comes on the heels of failed spring rains, and has driven food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages in affected areas of the country.
November 11, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) –Ethiopia’s refugee agency has launched an urgent appeal for food aid to assist hundreds of thousands of refugees particularly South Sudanese refugees.
Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), a local implementing partner of UNHCR has called for supplies of food for over 730,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan who are being sheltered at different camps in Ethiopia.
As attention is on Syrians fleeing civil war, many young Eritreans dramatic escape from their homeland goes unnoticed.
“I’m too young to cross the border, but I had no other options”, a 15 year old Eritrean girl says. She is sitting with legs crossed and her back against a purple painted wall in the house she lives in Adi Haroush refugee camp in Ethiopia.