- OCHA Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 18 May 2015
- IFPRI: Ethiopia strategy support program - Synopsis: Agricultural production and children’s diets
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update - February 2015
Appeals & Funding
HIGHLIGHTS IN SOUTH SUDAN
In a statement issued on 20 May 2015, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 14:39 GMT
Voting in the only constituency in Ethiopia with an independent member of parliament were postponed Friday, two days before the general election, the government spokesman said.
Ashebr Woldegiorgis, the only independent MP elected in 2010, had been due to run for a second term against a candidate from the ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
• In April 2015, country level year-on-year consumer price index, and therefore the cost of living, increased by 9.3 %. The food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food price indices have increased by 10.8% and 7.6% respectively as compared to last year the same month, April 2014. The food inflation in the last two months surpassed a single digit that prevailed over a year time. Furthermore, all components of food indices rose in the month.
Highlights as of May 2015
In Ethiopia, drought conditions are affecting large regions from Afar across to Borena and parts of Oromia and SNNPR. Absent or irregular and sparse rainfall implies that severe negative impacts can be expected on Belg crop production and pastoralists livelihoods, including poor livestock condition and disruption of movements.
Somalia - Conflict and a complex humanitarian emergency has forced some 20,000 vulnerable people to flee from Yemen to the Horn of Africa over the past two months. They include refugees from Somalia, migrant workers from third countries and Yemeni civilians.
No commercial flight has landed in or departed from Yemen since 26 March 2015, stranding thousands of people. Internal movement in Yemen is also difficult due to fuel shortages and checkpoints, reducing the options open to most vulnerable people stranded in the country.
IOM Appeals for USD 84 million for Population Affected by Conflict in Yemen
Yemen - IOM has launched a US$ 84 million regional appeal to meet the immediate needs of populations affected by the conflict in Yemen over the next six months, both within Yemen and in the region, including Djibouti and Somalia.
On 21 May, an airstrike hit near IOM’s Migrant Response Center in Haradh (Northern Yemen), killing five Ethiopian migrants and wounding two others who were in the proximity.
Over 21,000 people have now fled Yemen to Djibouti and Somalia.
On 21 May, IOM launched its Regional Appeal for Yemen, requesting USD 84 million to cover its operations in Yemen and Horn of Africa from April to September 2015.
May 22, 2015 / 64(19);527-531
José E. Hagan, MD1,2; Steven G.F. Wassilak, MD2; Allen S. Craig, MD2; Rudolf H. Tangermann, MD3; Ousmane M. Diop, PhD3; Cara C. Burns, PhD4; Arshad Quddus, MD3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
May 22, 2015 / 64(19);537-537
Lauren B. Browne, MD1,2; Zeray Menkir, MPH3; Vincent Kahi, MD4; Gidraf Maina, MPH4; Solomon Asnakew, MPH5; Michelle Tubman, MD5; Hajir Z. Elyas, MD6; Alemayehu Nigatu, MPH4; David Dak, MPH4; U Aye Maung, MD4; Jolene H. Nakao, MD2; Oleg Bilukha, MD2; Cyrus Shahpar, MD2 (Author affiliations at end of text)
Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 19:54 GMT
By Mohammed Ghobari and Sami Aboudi
CAIRO/DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) - Saudi shells hit an international aid office in Yemen on Thursday killing five Ethiopian refugees, a local official said, while violence across the country put United Nations-led peace talks in doubt.
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Lessons by Partners for Resilience: moving from output to impact
by Juriaan Lahr, Head of International Assistance, Netherlands Red Cross
This study uses two rounds of the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS) to statistically analyze patterns and trends in undernutrition (child growth) in Ethiopia over the period 2000 to 2011. In 2000, over half of Ethiopian preschool children were stunted and almost a third were severely stunted. However, progress against child undernutrition over the study period was solid, with stunting prevalence reduced by 1.4 percentage points per year, although progress has slowed since to 1.0 points per year between 2011 and 2014.
- Most of the greater Horn of Africa observed a decrease in rainfall over the previous week.
- Early season rainfall remains below normal for portions of West Africa.
1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.
During the week ending on 18th May 2015, there was a significant reduction of rainfall activities within the Juba and Shabelle river basins both in Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands. Most stations within the basins did not record any rainfall as seen in the table below. Map ‐ 1 shows the total satellite Rainfall Estimates (RFE) for the same reporting period while Map – 2 shows the rainfall forecast for coming week.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
Marthe van der Wolf
May 19, 2015 11:45 AM
ADDIS ABABA— For the 2005 elections, Ethiopia’s government opened up the political arena. But when the united opposition received more votes than the ruling party expected, the government was accused of stealing back the elections and mass demonstrations against the final results turned violent. Now that there is a new prime minister, what do the opposition leaders from 10 years ago expect in the 2015 elections?