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05 Jun 2015 description

INCREASED HUMANITARIAN NEED EXPECTED IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2015

01 Jun 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Some 6,129 South Sudanese refugees registered in May compared to an average of 1,000 new arrivals per month in the first quarter of the year.

  • The Ethiopia chapter of UNHCR’s regional refugee appeal is only at 14 per cent funded.

  • The mid-year belg/gu assessment will start in mid-June and inform the mid-year revision of the HRD.

31 May 2015 description

Belg production likely to be far below average in June/July

KEY MESSAGES

  • Belg rains started late in most areas, and there have been several dry spells. Less land was prepared than normal, and planted area, in places, is as little as less than half of average.
    The planting window for many crops, including maize, has closed. Moreover, some of the crops have already wilted.

25 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The timely provision of short maturing improved varieties of wheat, sorghum, maise and teff seeds will be required for the upcoming meher season.

  • With some 1.6 million livestock require feed and water interventions in Arsi, West Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones of Oromia region, 19.6 million quintals of emergency feed is required for the next two months.

22 May 2015 description

Current Conditions: Regional Highlight

• Minimal food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) in parts of Sudan, western & central Ethiopia, agricultural areas of Uganda, western Kenya, southwest South Sudan, northern Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi but stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most pastoral areas;

• Crisis and emergency food insecurity remains a concern mostly in DRC, CAR and conflict-affected states of South Sudan, parts of NE Kenya, NE Ethiopia, some districts in Karamoja, Darfur in Sudan, IDP sites in Somalia;

22 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Asia and South Asia

Nepal Earthquake

22 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

18 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Since the beginning of the year, 11,675 measles cases were confirmed out of 12,421 reported cases. The Ministry of Health has not yet secured enough funding for the $38 million required to conduct the measles vaccination campaign for children under-15 planned for October.

  • The Government of Canada contributed $68,500 for the procurement and prepositioning of emergency education supplies. As of 13 May the education cluster was 2 per cent funded.

15 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

08 May 2015 description

Highlights

· During March 2015, the early stages of the ‘long rains’ (‘Gu’) season, pronounced rainfall deficits were the norm across Ethiopia, Kenya and parts of Uganda. In contrast, Somalia and South Sudan had more regular and above average rainfall.

07 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increasethe risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

01 May 2015 description

Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

30 Apr 2015 description

Below-average Belg rainfall led to low area planted

Key Messages

Thus far, the February to May Belg rains have been below average in amount and erratically distributed. As a result, area planted is very low, and the crops that have been planted are not performing well. Poor households’ income from agricultural labor is also less than usual, reducing current food access.

30 Apr 2015 description

Following a delayed onset (by two to three weeks on average), the performance of the seasonal belg/gu/ganna/sugum rains gradually improved in most parts of the country. Water sources were replenished and pasture rejuvenated. Areas receiving inadequate rainfall remained dry.
Severe water and pasture shortages, deteriorating livestock body condition and livestock deaths were reported in these areas. Further spikes in malnutrition are expected during the April-June hunger season.
The situation is more concerning given the on-going measles outbreaks nationwide.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

06 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Ministry of Water and WaSH partners are closely monitoring the impact of the seasonal rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • Severe resource shortfalls reported for the first four rounds of relief food.

  • US$38 million are required to target 40 million children under-15 during the October 2015 measles Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA).

30 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Resource shortfalls are reported for the second and third rounds relief food ration for 2015.

  • Seasonal rains started in most woredas. Assessment in the coming days will determine the impact of the rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • The Japanese Government donated US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Gambella region. UNHCR will receive $5.8 million, WFP $5 million and WHO $1 million.

28 Feb 2015 description

Pocket areas that received inadequate seasonal rainfall in 2014 and/or had a poor harvest due to flooding or crop disease will remain vulnerable in early 2015. Released on 18 February, the nutrition hotspot classification for the first quarter of 2015 identified 338 nutrition hotspot woredas for priority intervention. The classification team also identified woredas that require emergency WaSH intervention.

FOOD SECURITY