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15 Jun 2017 description

Current Situation

In 2015 Africa experienced its worst drought in 60 years. The unusually strong El Niño weather pattern in 2015-2016, coupled with record-high temperatures, had a catastrophic effect on crops, vegetation, livestock, and water resources. Unfortunately, the drought has continued into 2017 due to lack of significant rainfall.

In addition to the drought, armed conflict, and economic decline has further exacerbated the problem for some countries.

15 Jun 2017 description
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Context

7 out of 34 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 5.2 million (CSA projection)
160,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017
8,600 children with SAM expected in 2017
UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia for emergency response.

15 Jun 2017 description
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Context

67 out of 93 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 5.7 million (CSA projection)
410,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017
49,000 children with SAM expected in 2017
UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia for emergency response.

15 Jun 2017 description
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Context

27 out of 137 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 19.2 million (CSA projection)
590,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017
62,000 children with SAM expected in 2017
UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia for emergency response.

15 Jun 2017 description
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Context

51 out of 265 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)* Population estimated to be 35.5 million (CSA projection) 996,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017 137,000 children with SAM expected in 2017 UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia for emergency response.

15 Jun 2017 description
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Context

14 out of 129 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)* Population estimated to be 21 million (CSA projection) 474,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017 29,800 children with SAM expected in 2017 UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia for emergency response

15 Jun 2017 description
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Context

23 out of 32 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)* Population estimated to be 1.8 million (CSA projection) 106,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017 13,000 children with SAM expected in 2017 UNICEF is supporting the Government of Ethiopia for emergency response.

15 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Ethiopia drought response is facing significant funding shortfalls. Available resources are expected to cover needs only until the end of June. If new resources are received now, food commodities will only arrive in the country by August/September.

  • It is expected that the Humanitarian Requirements Document caseloads will be revised upwards after the Belg assessment in May/June due to an overall deteriorating food security situation.

15 Jun 2017 description

These are the words of Mulu Yami, 28, from Bushoftu town in Ethiopia; she is one of the 30,000 smallholders who were reached by the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE fund). She has a poultry business. The FSRE Innovation Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus.

15 Jun 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR DECEMBER 2017

14 Jun 2017 description
report Save the Children

Millions of Children Robbed of Childhood in East and Southern Africa

14 Jun 2017 description

Nairobi, 13 June 2017 - A High-Level Partnership Mission consisting of representatives mainly from Arab states has concluded a six-day fact-finding mission to drought-affected populations in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

14 Jun 2017 description
report IRIN

The humanitarian crisis unleashed by drought in Somalia has again highlighted the close links between extreme weather and food security. But how exactly are the two connected? And what can farmers in developing countries do to lessen the negative effects of climate change? This Q&A provides an overview of the key issues, with a focus on smallholders in Africa.

What is food security?

13 Jun 2017 description

Consecutive failed rains have led to widespread crop failures

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Food rations for 7.8 million Ethiopians are due to run out in July due to funding shortages, while neighbouring Somalia is on the verge of its second famine in six years.

13 Jun 2017 description

Overview

  • This weekly update focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: four Grade 3, seven Grade 2, four Grade 1, and 26 ungraded events.

13 Jun 2017 description

(Nairobi, 13 June 2017): International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit Horn of Africa after a visit to Ethiopia,
Somalia and Kenya.

A delegation led by the African Union and the United Nations concluded a five-day visit to the Horn of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, after visiting drought-affected communities in Ethiopia and Somalia. It included representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the African Development Bank, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the World Bank.

12 Jun 2017 description

Addis Ababa June 12/2017 A delegation from Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) is in Ethiopia to explore the effect of drought in East Africa and help alleviate it.

President Mulatu Teshome held discussion today with OIC delegation led by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister and OIC Chair Ahmet Yildiz about the drought situation in Ethiopia.

During the discussion, President Mulatu told the delegation that Ethiopia has been working hard to mitigate the drought and support the victims by itself.

10 Jun 2017 description

"There is donor fatigue because there are a lot of crises"

By Aaron Maasho

WARDER, Ethiopia, June 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the government and humanitarian groups said.

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