Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2017Ongoing
While Ethiopia battles residual needs from the 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, below average 2016 autumn rains in the southern and southeastern parts of the country have led to a new drought in lowland pastoralist areas, as well as in pocket areas across the country. As a result, some 5.6 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2017. In addition, 2.7 million children and pregnant and lactating mothers require supplementary feeding, 9.2 million people need support to access safe drinking water, 1.9 million households need livestock support, and 300,000 children between 6-59 months old are targeted for the treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Drought conditions are expected to peak during the dry December to March jilaal season, which is likely to lead to a sharper deterioration in livestock body conditions, and impacting milk production and nutrition status of the families that depend on livestock for their food and income. During the dry season, the response will be complemented by supplementary food based on regular screenings to ensure the most vulnerable are reached. (OCHA, 17 Feb 2017)
Samson Haileyesus from CST Together (joint office of Catholic agencies CAFOD, SCIAF and Trócaire) reports from Borana in the Oromia Region of southern Ethiopia where livelihoods have been devastated by three consecutive droughts.
The atmosphere is sombre at the office of the Dembi Peasants’ Association in Borana, just 27 kilometres from the border with Kenya.
The village elders have gathered to discuss how they can get by after experiencing three droughts in three consecutive years.
- Tanzania’s ban on maize grain exports to assure the country’s food security and to encourage value addition through exports of flour, would likely move regional cross-border trade to informal channels because of porous borders, and increase the maize export prices because of additional of costs of circumventing the ban.
Emergency Appeal start date:19 April 2017
Covered by this update: 19 April to 21 June 2017
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator allocated US$44.7 million through the OCHA managed Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF), to address the most life-saving and time critical needs. All eligible partners are encouraged to consult respective clusters and submit their project proposal online on the Grant Management System not later than 8 August 2017.
An estimated US$30 million required to assist the most vulnerable Ethiopian returnees from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ethiopia is one of the countries hardest hit by the strongest El Niño event in history. The natural hazards that followed have left more than 5 million people in need of life-saving emergency assistance.
During a workshop in July 2017, UNICEF announced recent results stating that Ethiopia has reduced the rate of child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months by 20 percent in sixteen years. The results, dropping from 58 percent in 2000 to 38 percent in 2016, represent significant progress in the fight against malnutrition for the nation.
A severe food security and nutritional crisis is unfolding as a consequence of the drought that began in October 2016.
The Somali region is most affected and is experiencing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of food insecurity. Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) outcomes are likely to manifest in poorer households by September.
Emergency outcomes likely to persist in southeastern pastoral areas
This report consolidates findings from previous activities by FAO and other stakeholders, and identifies in the four focus countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti & Somalia): - the location and direction of the main livestock trade routes, - appropriate sites for rehabilitation & development of strategic livestock water sources, - good practices on fodder production and commercialization units as well as rehabilitation of natural rangelands in production areas and along the livestock export trade routes, and potential sites for replication/upscaling of these practices.
By Sisay Seyoum and Kidist Negash
Comprehensive humanitarian responses focusing on people of all ages, if developed by multiple agencies could go a long way to lessen pain and loss of lives in emergency situations.
The Press has reported Ethiopia among countries in the region seriously hit by the ongoing drought and related food insecurity.
Addis Ababa July 19, 2017 Ethiopia has made a significant reduction in child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months, according to United Nations International Children’s and Emergency Fund.
In a consultative workshop on improving complimentary feeding for children that opened today, UNICEF Representative Siddig Ibrahim said Ethiopia has reduced child malnutrition from 58 percent in 2000 to 38 percent in 2016.
The Representative attributed the progress to the government’s commitment to ending child stunting and malnutrition.
Gesture aims to encourage governments to support FAO's emergency response
21 July 2017, Rome - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.
Pope Francis said the funds are "a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought."
7.8 million people are in need of emergency food assistance in Ethiopia, this figure is expected to increase to up to 15 million during the second half of the year.
In Ethiopia, Somali region (bordering Somalia) is most affected by drought and food insecurity; a dire food security emergency is ongoing. Approximately, 2.5 million people will require emergency food assistance in Somali Region. As of June, the worst-affected households were classified to be in 'Emergency' (IPC Phase 4).
Severe food insecurity in Somali Region likely to deteriorate further given lack of food aid
Today, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) celebrated the launch of a partnership with Amref Health Africa that will sustainably improve the health and enable the economic empowerment of more than 500,000 people living in communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda through improved access to safe water and sanitation as well as economic empowerment through income generating opportunities.
Partners have prioritized urgent financial requirements for acute, timesensitive humanitarian needs.
The new humanitarian hotspot classification revealed an increase in woredas requiring immediate lifesaving intervention from 192 to 228.
Inter-regional AWD response coordination crucial ahead of Kulubi Gabriel religious event on 26 July.
Amhara allocates close to ETB 31 million for flood mitigation; flash floods reported in Oromia.
In Somalia there are unfavourable prospects for this year's main Gu crops, after the Gu rains were late and poorly distributed over most areas of the country. In the Lower Shabelle region, the main maize producing area, seasonal rainfall was about 50 per cent belowaverage with drought conditions currently affecting up to 85 per cent of the cropland.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 37 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, seven Grade 1, and 21 ungraded events.
- The June to September main rainy season in northern areas of East Africa has so far been average to above average in most areas, supporting regeneration of pasture and favorable crop development. However, areas of central and southwestern Ethiopia, northeastern Uganda, and southwestern Kenya received below-average rainfall in June.
A recently arrived species of armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize, report experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
USAID senior biotechnology advisor Joseph Huesing says the fall armyworms -- transported from their usual habitat in the U.S. state of Florida or the Caribbean -- are attacking maize crops all over sub-Saharan Africa.