Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in decades. The reason: the climate phenomenon El Niño. As a result, 16 million people in the country are reliant on food aid – last year it was half as many.
To ensure food security the farmers need to plant crops, for which above all they require water. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working together with the Ethiopian Government to promote sustainable land management and to improve the water supply.
Husband in the city for work
Duwi Hawas, 30 years old, lives in Buta Wager, a small village, with her six-year-old daughter Genno Dinka. Her parents are living with her. Her husband has gone to the city to work. As is the case in nearly all the Ethiopian lowlands, hardly any rain fell in the whole area surrounding Buta Wagare during the last rainy season. In the parched fields, there are signs of erosion. When there is a lot of rain, the region struggles with heavy floods.
Food aid from the government
About This Report
by Karim LEBHOUR
Stuck on a track in eastern Ethiopia, trucks carrying food for the starving are forced to turn back.
After one of the worst droughts for decades, the rains have finally arrived, but now only add to the complication of the delivery of food aid.
Flash floods have effectively transformed dry dirt tracks into impassable quagmires, adding to the woes of the victims in remote areas, some of whom have received no help for weeks.
· Heavy rains have caused significant dispatch and distribution delays for all components of the emergency response.
· An additional 300,000 beneficiaries are being targeted under the Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSF) programme following the revision of the Priority Hotspot woreda-classification.
· The current 2016 HRD estimate of 10.2 million beneficiaries is expected to grow significantly in the second half of the year.
• An additional 300,000 beneficiaries have been targeted under the TSF Programme, following the revision of the Priority Hotspot woredaclassification.
• WFP will target an additional 200,000 beneficiaries at high risk of acute malnutrition through a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP), on top of the 2.5 million beneficiaries targeted under TSF.
• The total funding needs for 2016 has increased by USD37 million to a revised total of USD90 million following the increase in targeted beneficiaries.
The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) distributed worth of 1.9 million ETB supplementary foods to more than 5000 drought affected people in Silti Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).
Darfu Nuri, a mother of two children from Dalocha district, is one of the drought victims who received supplementary food aid from ERCS. “We have lost all our harvest due to lack of rain which in-turn has caused malnutrition to my children and me,” she explained the effects of the drought.
Belg prospects improve with heavy rainfall in April, but Emergency likely to continue
FAO seeks $10 million to provide underserved districts with seeds, prevent further rise in food insecurity
In this issue
Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1
IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2
The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3
Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4
Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6
Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6
HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7
# of IDPs 11 m
# of refugees 3.4 m
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.
Women in Ethiopia, as in many other developing countries, are the principal water-bearers. Their work is physically taxing and time-consuming, and many walk long distances to reach a water source. They must then fill and lug heavy containers back to their land, but their labors don’t stop there. They must also allot available water for washing, cooking, irrigation and livestock.
2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME
Of the total 10.2 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)
National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.6 million people.
The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium.
The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences for the population. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. 'The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough. Norway is now allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
DAA Esposito travels to Ethiopia to assess the response
Approximately 1.7 million households require meher seed assistance
Case incidence of AWD decreases in most areas
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Ethiopian population and a key sector of the country’s economy.
However, on account of climatic, social and institutional factors contributing to low production and productivity, agriculture is unable to feed the population. The current study on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was initiated to identify and document existing CSA practices in Ethiopia that enable stakeholders to understand the opportunities and constraints of adopting particular CSA technologies or practices.
Ethiopia Government and Humanitarian partners commence with visits to donor capitals to raise awareness on urgent needs for increased funding for the country’s El Niñoinduced drought crisis.
The Humanitarian Requirement Document (HRD) which seeks US$1.4 billion to assist 10.2 million Ethiopians in 2016 has received about US$800 million from the Government and the international community. But ongoing response is threatened by critical funding gaps in all sectors.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops is still underway
March-May “belg” rains were erratic in March, delaying planting activities
“Belg” rains improved in April, but pockets of moisture deficits remain in southern SNNPR and Oromia regions as well as eastern Amhara Region
Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest
Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million
Press release of 22.04.2016 | Addis Abeba – Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn was in Ethiopia to get a picture of the extent of the food crisis and of the relief measures being implemented there. The current drought, caused by the weather event known as El Niño, has gone on for several months now and is the worst the country has seen in the last fifty years.