Ethiopia: Severe Food Shortages Emergency appeal n° MDRET007 Final report

Period covered by this Final Report: 5 February 2010 to 5 August 2011.

Appeal target (current): CHF 30,579,088.

Appeal coverage: 17%;

Appeal history:

· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 5 February 2010 for CHF 30,579,088 for 12 months to assist 330,621 beneficiaries.

· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF):CHF 50,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s to support the initial stages of this operation, particularly the deployment of the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) and field assessments led by the Ethiopian Red Cross Society.

· An Operations Update No. 1 was published on 18 August 2010.

· A 6 month summary report was published on 31 January 2011.

· An Operations Update No. 2 was issued on 3 February 2011 extending the operational timeframe for an additional six months.

· An Operations Update No. 3 was published on 19 July 2011.

· A Preliminary Final Report was published on 29 November 2011.

· This Final Report has a balance of funds at the close of the operation, and these funds are to be transferred to the 2013 development operational plan / annual appeal MAAET002 for Ethiopia.

Summary: As a result of failed rains during 2010, the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) with support from the International Federation launched a “Severe Food Shortages” emergency appeal to address the most immediate needs of the affected population. As of the scheduled end of the operation on 5 August 2011, some 202,651 beneficiaries were reached with food, water and sanitation and livelihoods interventions, corresponding to approximately 61 per cent of the intended target of 330,621 beneficiaries. At the time of issuing the preliminary final report, water and sanitation activities in East Hararghe and Moyale supported by the British Red Cross and Swiss Red Cross respectively, were ongoing and both donors had agreed on a time extension to allow for all activities to be completed, monitored and reported on.

The main areas of intervention were in East Hararghe and Moyale (Oromia and Somali regions) and Wolayita (SNNP region). A total of 40,918 people received food in East Hararghe for a period of six months while approximately 10,223 people benefited from the British Red Cross water and sanitation funded intervention in East Hararghe. Moreover, in livelihood assistance, 120,000 people received agricultural tools and seeds in East Hararghe. Some 24,000 people benefited through the Swiss Red Cross water and sanitation intervention in Moyale and 7,500 people received forest and tree seedlings in Wolayita. Due to low funding to the Appeal (17 per cent) not all planned activities could be implemented. Priority was given to specific food, water and sanitation and livelihood assistance activities. With this final report, any balance funds under the appeal will be transferred to Ethiopia’s development plan / annual appeal MAAET002 for 2013.

IFRC,On behalf of Ethiopia Red Cross Society would like to thank all donors for their generous contributions to the Severe Food Shortages Appeal.