Ethiopia: Government and partners launch the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017
US$948 million urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for 5.6 million people
((Addis Ababa, 17 January 2017): The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners today officially launched the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017. The HRD seeks US$948 million to help 5.6 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance, mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are concerned about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled.
The dispute, which has led to a vote to remove the President from office, with the President and the Speaker of the assembly rejecting the vote as illegal, is potentially destabilizing.
Farmers who were affected by the El-Nino induced drought in Agarfa district of Bale Zone in Oromia state said their situations have now improved with better farm yields expected this crop season.
The El-Nino weather phenomena led to the loss of crops in the district, affecting more than two thousand hectares of farm, according to officials of the zone.
Some farmers talked to ENA saying they expect better production this Meher season as they utilized government-provided farm packages including select seed for their farming activities.
The regional state of Somali says the prevailing peace has led to the emergence of key infrastructures in the state.
Vital infrastructures such as roads and water facilities have been set up owing to the peace in the state, according to the state's President Abdi Mohammod Omer.
The facilities helped ease the distribution of emergency food aid among drought affected people in the state and enabled locals to gain more access by cutting short time and resource wastage.
Addis Ababa December 06/ 2017 The National Disaster Risk Management Commission in collaboration with the regional governments is supplying urgent humanitarian aid and fodder to the drought affected areas.
In an exclusive interview with ENA Commissioner Mitiku Kassa said the government is working to meet humanitarian demands in the affected areas that put the lives of 5.6 million people at risk.