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Nation gains meaningful results in irrigation development

Addis Ababa August 26/2014

Ethiopia has gained meaningful results regarding small scale irrigation in terms of size of land developed through irrigation and amount of output, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

In Ethiopia, where over 82 per cent of the total population lives in rural areas, agriculture is the major means of earning a living and it's the backbone of the economy, constitutes about 43 per cent of the country’s GDP. Over 80 per cent of the country’s exports come from agriculture.

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South Sudan + 10 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 28 – September 3, 2014

  • Above-average rains observed over the Sahel during the past week.
  • Slightly reduced rains recorded in Sudan during the past observation period.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Kenya + 1 other
Mandera skirmishes a spillover from Ethiopia, says DIG Kaindi

In Summary

  • Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi said no local politician had been linked to the conflict.
  • She said that a contingent of security officers has been deployed to contain the situation.
  • Ms Kaindi added that security forces had acted quickly to contain renewed clashes on Tuesday.
  • She dismissed claims that the police did not respond quickly when the fighting started in Rhamu over the weekend.


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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

The mass immunisation campaign will protect South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, as well as the host community, against the risk of cholera spreading across the border.

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Somalia + 4 others
In the Horn of Africa, Saudi's Mass Deportations Have Devastating Impact

In November of 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia began expelling large numbers of foreign nationals, including some 550,000 Yemenis, 180,000 Ethiopians, and 36,000 Somalis. While there has been little international attention or condemnation of these deportations, the returning individuals and their countries of origin have suffered many logistical, economic, and social ramifications due to this decision.

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Year Round Food Security

Sowing improved seeds for food security.

W/ro Yejanie Mango (43), a mother of three children, lives in Kido Kebele, Dibate District. Her family’s livelihood is entirely dependent on traditional subsistence farming and for years she struggled to produce enough food.

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Libya + 2 others
170 bodies of African migrants found from Libya shipwreck

08/25/2014 19:14 GMT

GUARABOULI, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a coast guard official said Monday.

"We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre (50-foot) wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast," Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.

Another 70 bodies were washed up by the tide, including five young children, he said.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia. Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 August 2014


  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.


  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.

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Workshop discussing mainstreaming gender in agriculture kicks off

Addis Ababa August 19/2014 The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) urged local governments to mainstream gender in agriculture programs.

Speaking on a three-day workshop here yesterday, Social Scientist at the Institute, Annet Mulema said mainstreaming gender in agriculture will help to boost productivity.

Closing the gender gap in agriculture would help to increase productivity by 20 to 30 percent, she added. It would also help countries to reduce food insecurity by 12 to 17 percent.

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Yemen + 1 other
How Humanitarian Aid is Making a Difference [EN/AR]

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The economywide effects of teff, wheat, and maize production increases in Ethiopia

Results of economywide modeling

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Canada Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable People in Ethiopia

Canada’s support to Médecins Sans Frontières is helping to improve access to emergency health care

August 22, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Ethiopia + 1 other
ACAPS Briefing Note: Gambella, Ethiopia - Displacement, 22 August 2014


Crisis Overview

  • Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.

  • The refugees are arriving in dire condition, seriously lacking food and drinking water, and have been mostly concentrated at border points with limited assistance before being relocated to camps. 90% of the arriving population are women and children (WFP 12/08/2014).

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Ethiopia Monthly Market Watch July 2014


  • Compared to July 2013, country level general inflation rate increased by 6.9%; food inflation by 5.8% and non-food by 8.2%. Of the food index components, higher increases in indices were observed on: oil and fats (13.9%), other food products (16.4%) and non-alcoholic beverages and coffee (23.2%).

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Kule Refugee Camp Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Contextual Background

Pattern in Population Change

  • As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Kule Camp was opened on 17 May  2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.  

Areas of Origin

  • The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile  and Jonglei states.  

Cultural Background