Food consumption among people assisted through relief operations is showing some encouraging trends, but the situation remains critical for 10.2 million people in need of food assistance.
WFP currently needs USD 426 million to support 7.6 million drought affected people in 2016, USD 23 million to provide full rations to refugees hosted in Ethiopia and USD 16 million to ensure uninterrupted assistance through the Targeted Supplementary Programmefor the rest of 2016.
Ethiopia’s pastoral lowlands are bisected by a number of major river systems like the Awash River in Afar, which runs throughout the arid region. Awash and systems like the Wabe Shabelle which begins in Oromia and the Omo in Southern Nationalities Nations and People’s Region (SNNPR), sustain entire communities along their banks, shielding hundreds of thousands of agropastoralist livelihoods from infertile and often unforgiving drylands.
This paper presents the key findings of a research project that investigated women’s and men’s vulnerability to drought in Fedis woreda, a district located in Eastern Ethiopia. It focuses on the gendered impacts of drought on rural livelihoods in dryland areas. The research used a comparative assessment of both men’s and women’s susceptibility and coping capacities.
· In 2016, UNICEF has reached more than 1.1 million people with access to clean water through the rehabilitation and drilling of water schemes, provision of water purification materials and through water trucking in the drought affected regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray.
- Improved food security in some areas allowed for a reduction in nutrition hotspot classification
- El Niño-induced flooding and inter-clan conflict has contributed to the rise of internally displaced people (IDP) in Ethiopia, leaving over ten thousand internally displaced households need emergency shelter and NFIs
Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency
The El Niño global climatic event wreaked havoc on Ethiopia’s 2015 spring and summer rains driving food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages in …
Average to above-average kiremt rainy season, flooding expected
Relief actors work to accelerate seed distribution for meher planting season
GoE releases revised priority hotspot list and malnutrition caseloads
10.2 million people in need of food assistance in 2016.
7.6 million people targeted in the joint 2016 Government/WFP response, and 2.6 million by JEOP.
USD426 million urgently required by WFP to address food assistance needs in Ethiopia for the rest of 2016
The revised Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) is scheduled for release in July. The results will inform the food response plan for the rest of 2016.
• In June, Year-on-Year general inflation rate stood at 7.5%, food inflation at 7.8% and non-food inflation rate at 8.7%. Food infltion rate decreased from May which was 8.4%.
Addis Ababa July 19/2016 - The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) said it has benefited over 257,000 drought victims by providing supplementary food and non-food items, focusing on particularly children under five years, and lactating and pregnant women.
The society has reportedly mobilized resources worth 65 million birr for the purpose from people in all walks of life at home and aboard.
Today, ERCS has received five million birr donation from Heineken Ethiopia, a brewery company recently engaged in Ethiopian beverage industry.
In Dessie Zuria, Amhara Region, dozens of farming households assemble on a dusty Tuesday morning in the local square. Camels and donkeys are parked alongside a bajaj and an open-backed van. Today, most of the farmers queued to meet with regional officials are male. They represent their wives and children, families hardest hit by an El Niño-induced drought which ravaged most of Ethiopia for more than 18 months.
The rapidly growing number of AWD cases in Addis Ababa calls for a more coordinated endeavour before the intensity of the rains increase in August, as the peaks of AWD always occurs with flooding.
Dispatching and distribution of emergency food and ES/NFIs continues
Relief households still have inadequate consumption although inadequate consumption decreased due to enhanced assistance and improved milk and vegetable availability due to the rains: Food Survey
Total number of refugees in country
Number of refugees newly registered in May
Number of unaccompanied and separated refugee children in country
Number of Eritrean refugees who signed up for verification in Addis Ababa
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One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:
Over 1 million children are targeted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)treatment in the region.
In partnership with UNICEF and MoH, training of 20 Mobile Health and Nutrition teams on mobile provision of TSF is completed in Afar and the seven Woredasof SittiZone in Somali region. Prepositioning of commodities and distribution is ongoing.
The July hotspot classification was finalisedand Priority 1 Woredas are down from 219 to 206. Based on this, the TSFP annual beneficiary estimate is 2.36M,including 1.5 million children under 5 years and 836,000 pregnant and lactating mothers.
Agencies launch revised appeal for South Sudan refugees amid concerns the numbers could pass the 1 million mark this year
Nairobi, 15 July 2016 (UNHCR) - The population of South Sudanese refugees in the region could pass the 1 million mark this year if cross-border displacement trends continue, according to Ann Encontre, Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan situation.
- “The international community is distracted by other world events while over ten million Ethiopians suffer the worst drought in 50 years,” - UN Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate Change, Mrs. Mary Robinson visits Ethiopia.
- Lack of resource and response integration affecting minimum SWaSH packages.
Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency:
Addis Ababa, 7 July 2016: The newly-appointed United Nations Special Envoy on El Niño & Climate Mrs Mary Robinson, said in her remarks at a meeting with UN agencies and humanitarian donors on the impact of El Niño in Ethiopia that responses by governments and international partners to climactic events must urgently integrate humanitarian, development and resilience strategies to ensure effective, coherent and sustainable change.
10.2 million people in need of food assistance in 2016.
7.6 million people targeted in the joint 2016 Government-WFP response, and 2.6 million by JEOP.
USD426 million urgently required by WFP to address food assistance needs in Ethiopia for the rest of 2016*
*includes emergency relief, nutrition, and PSNP activities.