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10 May 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2017

10 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

GODE, Ethiopia, May 10 2017 (IPS) - Displaced pastoralists gather around newly arrived drums of brown water as a water truck speeds off to make further deliveries to settlements that have sprung up along the main road running out of Gode, one of the major urban centers in Ethiopia’s Somali region.

Looking at the drums’ brackish-looking contents, a government official explains the sediment will soon settle and the water has been treated, making it safe to drink—despite appearances.

10 May 2017 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 8, 2017 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont announced that the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), a public-private partnership between USAID, DuPont and the Government of Ethiopia, exceeded its goal by 150 percent to boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and increase food production for Ethiopian communities.

09 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Projected late-2017 El Niño climatic event could affect food security in the Horn of Africa

  • UNICEF increases Somalia malnutrition projection to 1.4 million children impacted by late 2017

  • Donors fund 76 percent of Somalia Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • Relief actors detect fall armyworm infestation in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) estimates that the number of drought affected people will reach 7.6 million, an increase by 2 million from the number of 5.6 million beneficiaries estimated in the January 2017 HRD.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The persistent drought in the lowland areas of Ethiopia has increased the vulnerability of the population prompting the government to revise the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million.

• The Government of Ethiopia has declared an outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) in Somali region and fears it could spread to other drought affected regions. The Ministry of Health has called for increased engagement of humanitarian partners to stem the situation.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The persistent drought in the lowland areas of Ethiopia has increased the vulnerability of the population prompting the government to revise the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million.

• In view of the growing humanitarian needs in Somalia, World Vision now seeks 37 million US dollars to urgently reach over 1 million people with life saving humanitarian assistance. Consequently, World Vision has amended its appeal for the regional crisis from 92 million to 110 million US dollars.

09 May 2017 description

This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of Sector Co-Chairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 01 to 30 April 2017.

Highlights

08 May 2017 description
infographic Education Cluster

In 2017, the Education Cluster seeks to reach 2 million school children through the provision of school feeding, the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene interventions and the establishment of temporary learning centres. The total funding requirement of US$45.5 million is currently 27% funded, leaving a funding gap of US$33.4 million.

05 May 2017 description

The Horn of Africa is facing one of the worst droughts in decades, leaving more than 14 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in urgent need of food assistance. Extensive crop failures, record low vegetation coupled with livestock death and limited water resources are affecting the region.

05 May 2017 description

Ethiopia - On 1 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) began the transfer of South Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia’s Pagak border entry point in Gambella to the Gore-Shembola refugee camp in Benishangul Gumuz Regional States, approximately 835 km away.

05 May 2017 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) are delivering hay to families affected by drought who have been displaced by violence in an effort to prevent the deaths of cattle the communities rely on.

The hay is being delivered to 1,820 pastoral families displaced by intercommunal clashes in Mieso district, in Hararge in eastern Ethiopia. The 43,000 bales will help those families sustain their cattle during a difficult dry period.

05 May 2017 description

Despite recent rainfall, seasonal rain remains below-average across much of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall accumulations since late February have resulted in significant moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

04 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Suresh Babu

WASHINGTON DC, May 4 2017 (IPS) - The emerging drought-induced humanitarian crisis—prevailing in countries from Niger in West Africa to Somalia in East Africa—and conflict-driven famine conditions in South Sudan, Somalia, and Northeast Nigeria, have become a regular phenomenon.

Even though these food crises can be prevented, they persistently arise due to the development community’s collective amnesia on what has worked and what has not in famine response, recovery, and resilience-building.

03 May 2017 description

by Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, Global Environmental Finance Unit, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

This post is part of a series from UNDP experts sharing their views and experiences in the lead up to the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in May and the World Reconstruction Conference in June.

The world is seeing its worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Right now, over 20 million people are at risk of starvation.

We are at a crossroads.

03 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Drought and conflict in the region has left 22 million men, women and children in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Five million people across the region do not have a regular supply of safe drinking water and more than 800,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished.

03 May 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the first quarter of 2017 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

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