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.
By Lauren McCarty
As two of the oldest farmers in their village, brothers Debela and Bedasa Ofosea have spent their entire lives farming in a small village outside Nekemte, Oromia, in Ethiopia. Both brothers, in their fifties, have seen only gradual improvements in farming techniques over their lifetimes, however, the biggest changes have come in just the last couple of years.
Frontlines Online Edition - March/April 2015
By Robert Sauers
With more than 500 billion cups consumed annually, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. In the United States alone, an estimated 150 million people drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee per day.
Even though the United States is the world’s largest buyer—accounting for almost 25 percent of global green (unroasted) coffee imports—Ethiopian coffee amounted to only 1 percent of U.S. imports in 2011 to 2012, and Ethiopian farmers produce less than 5 percent of the world’s supply of coffee.
On March 24, 2015 His Excellency, Ato Tefera Derebw minster of MOA signed agreement to work on agriculture with The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
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.
This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.
The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:
• All recovery rates for both SAM (OTP) and MAM (TSFP) are well within the SPHERE standards of performance.
Ethiopia - The International Organization for Migration Special Liaison Office assisted 46 stranded Ethiopian migrants in Yemen to return to Ethiopia earlier this week (24 March 2015).
The migrants were intercepted in Yemen while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and had been detained in Yemen from three to seven months in Jawaza. IOM Yemen has been providing them food and clothing.
Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.
Terje Østebø, Wallelign Shemsedin , 25 March 2015
ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.
The three UN agencies acknowledged the Japanese Ambassador in Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, for the crucial contribution to deliver life-saving assistance and services to refugees and the host community.
Relocation Site for Flooded Leitchuor Camps Established
(LWI) – Hope for the refugees in the flooded Ethiopian camps of Gambella: A new camp site has been approved for relocation. On Sunday 15 March, the Gambella regional authorities endorsed Jewii as the new camp for urgent development ahead of the next rainy season which is expected to start in May or June. The Jewii camp will have a capacity to host 50,000 people, accommodating the refugees, mostly women and children, from the flood-affected Leitchuor.
February–May seasonal rainfall may be below average, causing households in Afar, Oromiya, and Somali regions to continue experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity through June*
The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) 2015 appeals for $344.9 million to fund relief operations during 2015
Two-year-old Hawsak lies fatigued in a small camel skin bed, gripped by the agony of an ‘identified’ illness. She is emaciated and has been suffering diarrhoea and vomiting for the past four weeks.
Her house is one of the small bush houses in Fiq woreda (administrative district) in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Her grandmother, Ansha, explained that the family felt Hawsak’s problem was caused by demons and that they had to take her to traditional healer to determine how to pacify the offended gods.
A $60m project that brings two new drugs to the treatment of tuberculosis offers hope to Ethiopians with the multi-drug resistant form of the disease
When Endalkachew Fekadu contracted a strain of drug-resistant tuberculosis 12 years ago, it was still considered a death sentence by health professionals in Ethiopia.
Dima Halke’s livelihood is milk. As the only provider for her eight children, 49-year-old Dima sells the milk her cattle produce to buy food, medicine and supplies for her family. Her cows are her only asset — and her only source of income.
Like the rest of her pastoral community in Ethiopia, Dima’s survival is dependent solely on her livestock.