By Lauren McCarty
As two of the oldest farmers in their village, brothers Debela and Bedasa Ofosea have spent their entire lives farming in a small village outside Nekemte, Oromia, in Ethiopia. Both brothers, in their fifties, have seen only gradual improvements in farming techniques over their lifetimes, however, the biggest changes have come in just the last couple of years.
Frontlines Online Edition - March/April 2015
By Robert Sauers
With more than 500 billion cups consumed annually, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. In the United States alone, an estimated 150 million people drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee per day.
Even though the United States is the world’s largest buyer—accounting for almost 25 percent of global green (unroasted) coffee imports—Ethiopian coffee amounted to only 1 percent of U.S. imports in 2011 to 2012, and Ethiopian farmers produce less than 5 percent of the world’s supply of coffee.
On March 24, 2015 His Excellency, Ato Tefera Derebw minster of MOA signed agreement to work on agriculture with The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.
The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:
• All recovery rates for both SAM (OTP) and MAM (TSFP) are well within the SPHERE standards of performance.
Ethiopia - The International Organization for Migration Special Liaison Office assisted 46 stranded Ethiopian migrants in Yemen to return to Ethiopia earlier this week (24 March 2015).
The migrants were intercepted in Yemen while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and had been detained in Yemen from three to seven months in Jawaza. IOM Yemen has been providing them food and clothing.
Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.
ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.
The three UN agencies acknowledged the Japanese Ambassador in Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, for the crucial contribution to deliver life-saving assistance and services to refugees and the host community.
Relocation Site for Flooded Leitchuor Camps Established
(LWI) – Hope for the refugees in the flooded Ethiopian camps of Gambella: A new camp site has been approved for relocation. On Sunday 15 March, the Gambella regional authorities endorsed Jewii as the new camp for urgent development ahead of the next rainy season which is expected to start in May or June. The Jewii camp will have a capacity to host 50,000 people, accommodating the refugees, mostly women and children, from the flood-affected Leitchuor.
Two-year-old Hawsak lies fatigued in a small camel skin bed, gripped by the agony of an ‘identified’ illness. She is emaciated and has been suffering diarrhoea and vomiting for the past four weeks.
Her house is one of the small bush houses in Fiq woreda (administrative district) in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Her grandmother, Ansha, explained that the family felt Hawsak’s problem was caused by demons and that they had to take her to traditional healer to determine how to pacify the offended gods.
A $60m project that brings two new drugs to the treatment of tuberculosis offers hope to Ethiopians with the multi-drug resistant form of the disease
When Endalkachew Fekadu contracted a strain of drug-resistant tuberculosis 12 years ago, it was still considered a death sentence by health professionals in Ethiopia.
Dima Halke’s livelihood is milk. As the only provider for her eight children, 49-year-old Dima sells the milk her cattle produce to buy food, medicine and supplies for her family. Her cows are her only asset — and her only source of income.
Like the rest of her pastoral community in Ethiopia, Dima’s survival is dependent solely on her livestock.
Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.
Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, March 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency this week began relocating more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas of western Ethiopia ahead of the start of the rainy season in late April.
The refugees are being moved from the Leitchuor and Nip Nip refugee camps in the Gambella region. Last year, in August, both camps were severely hit by floodwaters during unusually heavy seasonal rains, which caused the Baro River to burst its banks.
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Thousands of South Sudanese families who fled the violence and bloodshed from their country's civil war now face new hardships as refugees in Ethiopia. More than 196,000 refugees, of which nearly two-thirds are children, have endured months of living out in open fields with little shelter from the searing sun, torrential rains, and floods that washed away the few possessions they managed to cling to in flight.
Gambella, Ethiopia, 5 March 2015-(UNHCR)-Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), visited Tierkidi refugee camp in western Ethiopia, home to nearly 50,000 refugees who fled the ongoing war in South Sudan. He held focus group discussions with refugee representatives and toured some key camp amenities including a health center, a child-friendly space and a grinding mill managed by different agencies in the camp.
Innovative partnership operational in five countries
10 March 2015, Rome - An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale family farmers. Modelled on Brazil's achievements in fighting hunger and poverty, the Purchase from Africans for Africa programme (PAA Africa) helps promote local agricultural production while also improving livelihoods and nutrition.
Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has received disturbing reports that the smallest and most vulnerable tribe in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley is starving, as a result of the destruction of their forest and the slow death of the river on which they depend.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• With support from the World Bank and GFDRR, four regional Local Area Networks (LANs) serving 35 districts have been established. This has resulted in the capacity for more rapid Government response during times of crisis and improved sharing of information.
CAMP DE SHERKOLE, Ethiopie, 6 mars (HCR) – Tous les matins, juste avant 4 heures, Masika Basemé-Jeanne éteint l'alarme de son réveil sur son téléphone portable. Elle adorerait continuer de rêver à son ancienne vie auprès de son mari et au volant de son taxi à Kinshasa, mais elle sait qu'il y a 1 500 miches de pain à faire cuire.
Spyware Firm Should Address Alleged Misuse
(New York) – The Ethiopian government has renewed efforts to silence independent voices abroad by using apparent foreign spyware, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ethiopian authorities should immediately cease digital attacks on journalists, while foreign surveillance technology sellers should investigate alleged abuses linked to their products.