Thanks to four simple tools farmers in Ethiopia are protecting their livelihoods against climate change. For many farmers their harvest is their only source of food and income. This means that without reserves a failed harvest can cause families go hungry, children to drop out of school and deeper levels of poverty. The R4 Rural Resilience initiative tackles this by helping families to manage their risks from harvest to harvest. Not only does this empower farmers but it also just makes sense; it costs less to manage risks than it does to provide relief in a crisis.
ADDIS ABABA, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Herding weary sheep up a dusty path, Hussein Boru knows he won’t find green pastures. He’s just looking for the minimum to keep his flock fed in drought-hit eastern Ethiopia.
Boru, a pastoralist from the Karrayyu Oromo ethnic group, has been forced to move his 30-strong extended family 60 kilometres from their old home. The drought, he says, has made their land unlivable, but the countryside they’re crossing is hardly any better.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 13, 2015 – This week, in conjunction with Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Vrooman’s visit to Arba Minch, the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program announced the provision of a grant for the school canteen program in Arba Minch, which will be implemented by the Italian Center for Children Aid in collaboration with the community.
Plan International is responding to the needs of children as the impacts of the weather phenomenon El Niño worsen. In the Horn of Africa, where the impact is severe, it’s not just food that’s running out - it’s time.
Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda, are expected to be worst affected, leaving children at risk of death, malnutrition, trauma and emotional distress.
- 736,317 Total number of refugees
- 37,859 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
- 52.8% Percentage of women and girls 60.1% Percentage of Children
Caritas is appealing for funds help build farmers’ and communties’ resilience to drought in response to food shortages in Ethiopia.
The number of people needing emergency food assistance is 8.2 million following a period of drought and erratic rains which have affected harvests. Caritas will launch a €2.9 million (ETB 66,643,952.00) emergency programme will help almost 500,000 people either directly or indirectly for the whole of 2016.
Maize is the most widely consumed cereal by the rural poor. Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is also very important throughout the country. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, and Dire Dawa. Addis Abada is the capital city, and Dire Dawa, Mekele, and Jijiga are major towns in the eastern, mainly food insecure, parts of the country. Bahir Dar is a major town in a surplus producing area.
ADDIS ABABA – A major contribution of 140 million Swedish kronor (US$16 million) from the Government of Sweden is allowing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide relief food assistance this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
The contribution from the Swedish International Development Agency, or Sida, is one of the first international responses to the crisis amidst rising food needs across the country and increased efforts to support the Government of Ethiopia in the response.
The Government will use the newly completed railway from Djibouti to Adama, Ethiopia to transport relief supplies.
At least 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding and at least 105,300 people are at risk of displacement, according to the Flood Contingency Plan released on 18 November.
OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) issued a Call for Proposals for WaSH response in Afar,
Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray. Proposals must be submitted before 5 December 2015.
The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.
The multi-agency Flood Task Force (FTF) issued an Alert for Unseasonal Rainfall and Flood in October 2015 to raise awareness of anticipated flood risk in Wabe Shebelle, Genale/Dawa, and southeastern parts of the country.
ETHIOPIA IS EXPERIENCING ITS WORST DROUGHT IN DECADE
El Niño-caused drought is devastating livelihoods of poor households across parts of Ethiopia. The Government revised the relief food caseload three times this year. The Ethiopia HCT estimates 15 million people will require food aid in early 2016
EARLY WARNING AND RESPONSE SUMMARY
Pursuant to the National Meteorological Agency weather/climate outlook, during the upcoming November 2015, the wet weather condition will continue over south and southeastern parts of the country in a better strength with a chance of heavy falls at places, which can causes flash flood at places in the areas. Therefore proper precautions should be undertaken ahead of time over flood prone areas o f the aforementioned areas.
ADDIS ABABA – Thanks to timely contributions from key donors, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue food distributions later this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and can scale up nutrition help to more than 700,000 children and nursing mothers in the most drought-affected areas. The scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis.
A new fresh food voucher system introduced in Ethiopia is benefiting 3,000 South Sudanese refugee families in Tierkidi camp in Gambella.
CERF’s new contribution of $17 million will enable WFP feed 1.37 million food insecure Ethiopians and provide supplemental feeding to at least 164,000 malnourished people.
With a three to five month lead time, the window of opportunity to procure and preposition emergency food and nutrition supplies for early 2016 is rapidly closing.
The revised hotspot woreda list is expected in two-three week time.