While Ethiopia battles the residual needs arising from the El Niño-induced drought, below average rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole and La Niña have led to new symptoms of drought. Livestock deaths and water shortages are already reported from the affected areas. In addition, disease outbreaks and, food and nutritional insecurity persist in pocket areas.
The Government and humanitarian partners are recalibrating the nationally-led response to address residual and emerging needs. It is anticipated that 5.6 million people will require food assistance; 1.2 million children and pregnant and lactating mothers will require supplementary feeding; 9.2 million people will be without safe drinking water and 2.4 million households will need livestock support. Partners also estimate that 300,000 children will become severely malnourished in 2017. (OCHA, 05 Dec 2016)
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October to December).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
Government and the humanitarian community discuss the humanitarian situation in Ethiopian
Ministry to launch school feeding for over a million students in drought affected areas
Government and the humanitarian community discuss the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia
Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the fourth quarter of 2016 but its share of total trade decreased slightly from 35 percent in the third quarter to 31 percent in the fourth quarter because of average production and supplies in Kenya, Tanzania,
Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Despite improvements, food gaps persist among poor households in coastal pastoral areas
Near Term: October 2016 - January 2017 Medium Term: February - May 2017
Addis Ababa January 31/2017 The response made by the Ethiopian government in curbing the El Nino induced drought over the previous year is commendable and among the best by global standards, Canada’s Ambassador to Ethiopia said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Philip Baker commended the strong and timely response made by the government and other stakeholders toward mitigating the effects of the drought.
La FAO appelle à intervenir immédiatement afin d’empêcher que la grave sécheresse qui sévit n’entraîne une catastrophe
29 janvier 2017, Addis Abeba - Alors que seul un quart des pluies attendues sont finalement tombées et que les précipitations prévues pour la période allant d'octobre à décembre se sont avérées insuffisantes, la sécheresse généralisée qui affecte actuellement la Corne de l'Afrique s'est aggravée, a déclaré aujourd'hui la FAO.
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A year ago we gathered here to draw attention to the 2016 humanitarian appeal. As Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said, we marshalled the largest emergency drought response in history. And while I wish we could be rewarded for those extraordinary efforts with a pause in humanitarian crises, nature has not been kind to the Horn of Africa. We find ourselves yet again facing enormous humanitarian needs in 2017.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
All protocol observed.
It is to me an honour and a pleasure to be here today in this High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.
This High-level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government at the present moment.
And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest.
It is an honour to be here and I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Government of Ethiopia for hosting us today and for the strong impact of the remarks from both Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres.
FAO calls for immediate response to prevent catastrophe due to severe drought
29 January 2017, Addis Ababa - With as little as one-quarter of expected rainfall received, widespread drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the October-December rains, FAO said today.
(Addis Ababa, 31 January 2017): Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Mr. Stephen O’Brien has concluded a three-day visit to Ethiopia to see first-hand the impact of failed rains in the southern and eastern parts of the county and to attend the AU Summit. “I have just returned from Warder zone in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, where I saw the immense impact this drought is having on people’s lives, livestock and livelihoods.
27th January 2017 - An estimated six and half million children could be at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa as a result of back-to-back droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, Save the Children is warning ahead of this weekend’s African Union (AU) meetings in Addis Ababa.
Nearly half a million children in the region are already suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Welcome to our up-to-date IGAD-ICPAC live map for the Greater Horn of Africa. This web map displays seasonal climate outlooks, satellite-based rainfall estimation and anomalies, flood hazards, flood forecast, changes in vegetation condition, UNOSAT observed satellite imagery derived flood extents and photos from collaborating partners and volunteers. The platform is a result from collaboration between IGAD, ICPAC and UNITAR-UNOSAT working together to improve disaster risk reduction in the Horn of Africa. This activity is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.