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04 Jul 2015 description

2 July 2015, Addis Ababa: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over almost US$ two million worth of equipment to the National Meteorological Agency (NMA).

The equipment, including 40 automatic weather stations, is expected to help strengthen Ethiopia’s early warning network to monitor, generate climate data and feed into early warning systems as well as inform national climate resilient development planning.

03 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

704,816Total number of refugees
36,733 New arrivals in 2015
49.6% Percentage of women and girls
36,109 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

03 Jul 2015 description

The African Water Facility (AWF) announced on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 that it is providing a €1.2-million grant to the Government of Ethiopia to improve sanitation and faecal waste management in Arba Minch. The project will benefit over 21,000 people who will have access to improved toilet facilities. It will also boost local agriculture through the provision of new and affordable fertiliser.

01 Jul 2015 description
  • A slight decrease in rainfall was observed over West Africa during the past week.

  • Parts of Eastern Africa have received below-average rain since the beginning of the season.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

01 Jul 2015 description

AS NEED GROWS, INSUFFICIENT FUNDING LIMITS RESPONSE

Despite the urgency to increase nutrition support in areas affected by the failed belg (mid-February-May) season, funding shortfalls are limiting partners’ capacity to expand their operation. Food insecurity is expected to deepen and malnutrition to rise in the coming months given the on-going El Niño phenomenon negatively affecting rainfall patterns throughout the year and through the first half of 2016.

01 Jul 2015 description

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.

30 Jun 2015 description

Key Issues

  • More support needed to address the deteriorating humanitarian context in the country. The net 2015 HRD requirement is still at 41 per cent funded. The relief food caseload is likely to increase following the mid-year review

  • Limited truck availability to move relief food supplies continue to delay the relief operation

29 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Gambella at a daily average rate of 209 people. Akobo, Pagak and Pochalla are the main crossing points.

29 Jun 2015 description

Addis Ababa June 27/2015 A Peace Support Training Center (PSTC) built at cost of over 123 million birr was inaugurated today in Addis Ababa.

The center, expected to benefit not only Ethiopia but also sub-regional peace and security institutions in Africa, serves as a training facility for peace keeping organizations within and around the Horn of Africa.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, President Dr Mulatu Teshome, said the completion of the Center has a vital role to successfully attain international peace keeping missions.

27 Jun 2015 description

Poor households in central SNNPR and northeastern Amhara to enter Crisis in July

KEY MESSAGES

  • Despite some Belg rainfall in May, after starting late, the cumulative March to May Belg rains were well below average. As a result, planted area was low, and many crops have not developed as early as is typical. During dry spells in March and April, a significant proportion of Belg crops wilted .

27 Jun 2015 description

Well below average Belg harvest likely in central SNNPR

Summary

27 Jun 2015 description

The polio outbreaks in Ethiopia and Kenya were declared over this June, emphasizing the importance of strong surveillance in knowing the virus has gone from a country.

No ‘polio-free’ without surveillance

25 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The Humanitarian Requirements Document for 2015 has been endorsed and released. About 2.9 million people need emergency support until June 2015. From the total about 38 and 31 percent are from Oromia and Somali region which constitute 70 per-cent of the caseload..

  • For the 2014/2015 marketing season, WFP has signed contracts with 30 Purchase for Progress cooperative unions of Amhara, Oromiya and SNNPR regions for the delivery of 30,000mt of local maize.

24 Jun 2015 description
  • Drier than average conditions observed in southeastern Senegal and western Mali.

  • Favorable rainfall distribution continues over the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.