Food and Nutrition

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17 Apr 2015 description
  • Food security and nutrition in the Horn of Africa remains fragile with high vulnerability persisting in arid and semi-arid lands. Frequent natural and man-made disasters continue to erode the income earning assets of poor families.

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is still rising. The region is also home to close to 1 million refugees from Somalia, while the internal displacement of 1.5 million people remains a constant challenge.

16 Apr 2015 description
  • With more than 680 000 refugees, Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya as the country in Africa with the highest number of refugees.

  • Since the conflict erupted in South Sudan, about 196 000 additional refugees have arrived. Malnutrition rates among South Sudanese refugees are under the emergency level.

  • In 2015, the European Commission has allocated €21 million for humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia.

13 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues

  • Additional support in emergency food, shelter, WaSH and health is needed to bolster the Afar flood response.

  • 13,000 people in Minjar Shenkora woreda of North Shewa zone and East Belessa woreda of North Gonder zone immediately need water trucking support.

  • A multi-agency assessment is planned for 14 - 24 April to gauge the level of needs in drought-affected Arsi, West Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones, Oromia region.

11 Apr 2015 description


  • 682,761 Total number of refugees

  • 199,348 South Sudanese refugees since 15 Dec.2013

  • 71% South Sudanese new arrivals who are female

  • 67% South Sudanese new arrivals who are children

08 Apr 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

By Kebede Lulie on April 8, 2015

The Sekota district is a highly drought-prone district of Amhara region in Ethiopia. Almost every year there is not enough rainfall to grow food for all the residents. In the early eighties, thousands died due to hunger, starvation and malnutrition-related diseases. But things have changed.

Meet Adane Berihanu.

07 Apr 2015 description

BUTAJIRA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has handed over five pre-fabricated warehouses to cooperative unions in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, one of Ethiopia’s largest grain-producing areas, as part of WFP’s Purchase for Progress initiative (P4P).

06 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Ministry of Water and WaSH partners are closely monitoring the impact of the seasonal rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • Severe resource shortfalls reported for the first four rounds of relief food.

  • US$38 million are required to target 40 million children under-15 during the October 2015 measles Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA).

01 Apr 2015 description


On 6 March, the Government launched the 2015 Humanitarian Requirements Document. The appeal calls for US$386 million to address the relief food needs of 2.9 million people and emergency needs in the nutrition, WaSH, health, agriculture and education sectors.
With $41 million carry-over from 2014, the amount required to fund humanitarian operations during the year is $344 million.


01 Apr 2015 description

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.

30 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Resource shortfalls are reported for the second and third rounds relief food ration for 2015.

  • Seasonal rains started in most woredas. Assessment in the coming days will determine the impact of the rains on availability of water and pasture.

  • The Japanese Government donated US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Gambella region. UNHCR will receive $5.8 million, WFP $5 million and WHO $1 million.

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:


• All recovery rates for both SAM (OTP) and MAM (TSFP) are well within the SPHERE standards of performance.


25 Mar 2015 description

ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.

The three UN agencies acknowledged the Japanese Ambassador in Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, for the crucial contribution to deliver life-saving assistance and services to refugees and the host community.

24 Mar 2015 description


  • February–May seasonal rainfall may be below average, causing households in Afar, Oromiya, and Somali regions to continue experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity through June*

  • The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) 2015 appeals for $344.9 million to fund relief operations during 2015


24 Mar 2015 description

Two-year-old Hawsak lies fatigued in a small camel skin bed, gripped by the agony of an ‘identified’ illness. She is emaciated and has been suffering diarrhoea and vomiting for the past four weeks.

Her house is one of the small bush houses in Fiq woreda (administrative district) in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Her grandmother, Ansha, explained that the family felt Hawsak’s problem was caused by demons and that they had to take her to traditional healer to determine how to pacify the offended gods.

24 Mar 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Dima Halke’s livelihood is milk. As the only provider for her eight children, 49-year-old Dima sells the milk her cattle produce to buy food, medicine and supplies for her family. Her cows are her only asset — and her only source of income.

Like the rest of her pastoral community in Ethiopia, Dima’s survival is dependent solely on her livestock.

20 Mar 2015 description

The 2015 appeal calls for US$386 million to address the relief food needs of 2.9 million people and emergency needs in the nutrition, WaSH, health, agriculture and education sectors. With $41 million carry-over from 2014, the target is $344 million. Additional humanitarian needs are expected in all sectors in the coming weeks given the delayed 2015 belg (mid-February to May) rains and its impact on water availability as well as food and nutrition situations in affected areas.