• In April 2015, country level year-on-year consumer price index, and therefore the cost of living, increased by 9.3 %. The food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food price indices have increased by 10.8% and 7.6% respectively as compared to last year the same month, April 2014. The food inflation in the last two months surpassed a single digit that prevailed over a year time. Furthermore, all components of food indices rose in the month.
Highlights as of May 2015
In Ethiopia, drought conditions are affecting large regions from Afar across to Borena and parts of Oromia and SNNPR. Absent or irregular and sparse rainfall implies that severe negative impacts can be expected on Belg crop production and pastoralists livelihoods, including poor livestock condition and disruption of movements.
This study uses two rounds of the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS) to statistically analyze patterns and trends in undernutrition (child growth) in Ethiopia over the period 2000 to 2011. In 2000, over half of Ethiopian preschool children were stunted and almost a third were severely stunted. However, progress against child undernutrition over the study period was solid, with stunting prevalence reduced by 1.4 percentage points per year, although progress has slowed since to 1.0 points per year between 2011 and 2014.
You probably don’t tune in to Days of Our Lives for health advice, but a Feed the Future project in Ethiopia is taking an out-of-the-box approach to improving nutrition through a new radio soap opera campaign that is capturing the attention of traditional pastoral families.
WFP’s Country Strategy has three pillars:
1) Disaster Risk Management and Natural Resource Management.
2) Basic Social Services.
3) Agricultural Markets and Livelihoods.
689,107 Total number of refugees
34,752 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
50.2% Percentage of women and girls
53.4% Percentage of children
GAMBELLA, 11 May 2015 (UNHCR) - On 8 May the Government refugee agency, ARRA, and UNHCR launched the relocation of thousands of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas in the Gambella region to a new refugee camp located about 18 kilometres from Gambella, western Ethiopia.
By the weekend, more than 4,200 refugees had been relocated from flood-prone Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps.
Increased humanitarian needs are expected during the peak of the hunger season. This is particularly worrying given the poor funding status and prospect.
The HRF contributed US$1 million to UNICEF to avoid a RUTF pipeline break. UNICEF urgently requires an additional $3.7 million.
There are no funds to procure RUTF for SAM management for nearly 265,000 acutely malnourished children.
The first 6,000 of the targeted 50,000 South Sudanese refugees were relocated to Jewi camp on Friday, 8 May.
We study the relationship between pre-school children’s food consumption and household agricultural production. Using a large household survey from rural Ethiopia, we find that increasing household production diversity leads to considerable improvements in children’s diet diversity. However, we also document how this non-separability of consumption and production does not hold for households that have access to food markets.
Following a delayed onset (by two to three weeks on average), the performance of the seasonal belg/gu/ganna/sugum rains gradually improved in most parts of the country. Water sources were replenished and pasture rejuvenated. Areas receiving inadequate rainfall remained dry.
Severe water and pasture shortages, deteriorating livestock body condition and livestock deaths were reported in these areas. Further spikes in malnutrition are expected during the April-June hunger season.
The situation is more concerning given the on-going measles outbreaks nationwide.
Pugnido is the oldest refugee camp in the Gambella Region of Western Ethiopia, and is hosting both refugees that arrived twenty years ago (since 1993) and those that have arrived within recent months (after 15th December 2013). There are also refugees who arrived in 2012 following 2011 tribal conflict in Jonglei Sate of South Sudan. Since 18 Nov, 2014, some 13, 671 refugees relocated from different entry points have been received in Pugnido and 13,230 have been full registered (level II).
At the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid-December 2013), refugees arrived at various Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak, Burbiey and Akobo). They were relocated to established camps, such as Tierkidi Camp. As of April 18, 2015, new arrivals are again coming to Tierkidi camp.
Areas of Origin
The Tierkidi camp population is primarily comprised of refugees from South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Jonglei States.
Established at the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid‐December 2013). Refugees began arriving at Ethiopian border entry points (Akobo, Pagak, Burbiey, Pochalla) and were relocated to Leitchuor Camp.
Areas of Origin
This camp caseload comprises of refugees mainly from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
The refugees are predominantly ethnic Luo‐Nuer with an Anuak minority population.
Pattern in Population Change
- As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Kule Refugee Camp was opened on 17 May 2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.
Areas of Origin
- The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted 494 Ethiopian migrants return from Yemen and those stranded on the way to Yemen, including 25 unaccompanied minors (UAM). Together with partners, IOM conducts family tracing for the UAMs and provides transportation and re-integration fee.
More spikes in malnutrition are expected during the April-June hunger season.
Below-average Belg rainfall led to low area planted
Thus far, the February to May Belg rains have been below average in amount and erratically distributed. As a result, area planted is very low, and the crops that have been planted are not performing well. Poor households’ income from agricultural labor is also less than usual, reducing current food access.
There is a 93 per cent resource shortfall (US$25.4 million) for the third round relief food ration expected to be distributed in June-July, which is the height of the hunger season.
Severe water and pasture shortages, deteriorating livestock body condition and livestock deaths were reported in areas that received inadequate seasonal rains.
Aside from a contribution from the Federal Ministry of Health, no funds were committed and/or received from donors for the planned measles vaccination campaign in October 2015.
Jars of cactus pear jam produced in Ethiopia have now reached consumers in Rome, thanks to partnership effort
21 April 2015, Rome - Jars of cactus pear jam produced in Ethiopia thanks to a partnership between FAO and Italian food store Eataly have reached the shelves of the store in Rome.
According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.
The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).