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)
Le rapport de la FAO souligne des pertes importantes dues à la perturbation des activités agricoles, à la hausse des prix et au déplacement des moyens d’existence
Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought
FAO report notes heavy toll of disrupted farming, higher prices and displaced livelihoods
8 June 2017, Rome-- Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
Dryness remains in parts of East Africa, while early season rains continue over lower Sahel
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall since late February has resulted in moisture deficits throughout many parts of southern South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and northern Tanzania.
Limited rainfall since March has led to developing moisture deficits across parts of Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, and southern Guinea.
Central Asia Weather Hazards
Kenya - The East and Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought the region has seen in decades. Since 2016, repeated failed rains have led to severe food insecurity and to increasing numbers of internal and cross border displacement.
East Africa faces a massive humanitarian crisis. It threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Severe drought and violent conflict fuel food insecurity. Caritas is striving to respond to enormous challenges across the region.
Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan are suffering from severe drought. Areas such as central and southern Somalia have registered only a third of their usual seasonal rainfall. Conflict is forcing people from their homes and restricts humanitarian access. The insecurity prevents food production and drives prices higher.
WHO: Ahmed Al Meraikhi, Humanitarian Envoy of the UN Secretary-General; Rashid Khalikov, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with Middle East and Central Asia; H.E. Ms. Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission; H.E. Ms. Cessouma Minata Samate, Commissioner for Political Affairs, African Union Commission; high-level representatives of the governments of Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa and USA as well as the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
$3mn Co-Funding for 62,300 Beneficiaries
June 6th, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a multi-sectoral intervention program for the most vulnerable communities in Ethiopia.
ChildFund Alliance is calling for increased donor attention to the worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War.
Each year, natural disasters, compounded by climate change and conflict, cause more than $500 billion in losses
Yet governments, supported by the World Bank, increasingly understand that investing in disaster recovery enables them to "build back better"
The international community sees the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) as a call to action on recovery to make countries even more resilient to disasters
March to May rains performed poorly over many areas of the Horn of Africa
Efforts are being intensified to mitigate the impact of drought in the country, according to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO).
At a regular press briefing GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho gave here today, he said the government is striving to mitigate drought induced problems in parts of Somali, Oromia, Amhara and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples regional states.
The Minister added that all necessary support, including food, water, health and education, has been extended to drought affected citizens.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. The WHO Regional Office is currently monitoring 41 events: three Grade 3, seven Grade 2, five Grade 1, and 26 ungraded events.
• A High-Level Partnership Mission to the Horn of Africa to visit Ethiopia and Somalia
• DPFSA Requested for humanitarian assistance to 2,395 flood-displaced persons
• Malnutrition looms in drought affected communities as food pipeline breaks at end of June
June 02, 2017 2:55 PM
Forecasters are warning that Ethiopia could face more rainfall deficits, deepening a drought that has left nearly eight million of the country's people in need of aid.
Dr. Chris Funk is a climate scientist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) whose research focuses on African and Asian countries. He told VOA's Horn of Africa Service that there is a 50 percent chance another El Nino weather event could form in the Pacific Ocean this year.
Central African Republic
Affected areas Basse Kotto, Haute-Kotto,
Mbomou and Ouaka prefectures
Cause of displacement Conflict
Figures More than 33,000 new displacements between 1 February and 30 April; about 24,000 returns in March; about 87,000 IDPs in Ouaka prefecture as of 19 April; about 426,000 IDPs in the country as of the end of March
In 2017 projected caseload for children treated for SAM is 303,000 and 2.7 million children and pregnant and lactating women requiring MAM treatment. Ahead of the revised HRD 2017, and based on Q1 admissions rates across the country, the Nutrition Cluster projects increase in treatment needs from June-December and recommends early planning and resource mobilization to avert a pipeline break for SAM and MAM treatment.
Currently more than 2.6 million people have been reached through water trucking since January 2017. A maximum of 437 trucks were deployed during the peak period in the third week of April while the need was standing at 762 trucks. As a result of recently improved rains in most of the drought affected areas, the demand for water tucking support has temporarily diminished by at least 40%. However, about 2.7 million people living in 195 woredas mainly in Oromia and Somali regions will need emergency water supply, using water trucking, for a maximum of twenty weeks until the end of 2017.
For the southern rainfall belt, already impacted by the IOD-induced drought, the poor spring rains are expected to result in a reclassification of some hotspot priority 2 to priority 1 woredas. This is partially due to reduced productivity of livestock due to limited water and fodder. The primary source of protein for vulnerable households in the lowland areas, livestock are critical for household food security and maintaining a healthy nutritional status. To provide animal health treatment and animal feeding support until the end of the year, humanitarian partners require US$54million.