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04 May 2016 description

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.

04 May 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

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

04 May 2016 description

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.

03 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Ethiopia has confirmed its commitment to restore its degraded lands to improve food security and biodiversity. Now, it’s looking to the private sector for support

By Duncan Gromko

Ethiopia is in the midst of the worst drought in 50 years. Famine and malnutrition have now spread to 443 of the country’s 750 districts. Earlier this month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), called Ethiopia’s condition “a deteriorated humanitarian situation”.

03 May 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Improved Belg (spring) rains lower requirements for water trucking but have increased demands for water treatment chemicals.

  • Member States pledge additional funding to El Nino affected countries at “Global Call to Action” event in Geneva.

  • Federal Ministry of Health completes a one week measles and polio campaign.

03 May 2016 description


· 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.

Situation Update

03 May 2016 description

Ethiopia - Tempted by the new house that his neighbors could afford and propelled by his dreams for a better life, Ahmed*, 21, left Ethiopia imagining that he would find a well-paid job when he arrived in the Middle East. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

After paying smugglers to transport him across the Red Sea, his traumatic ordeal began almost immediately. He told IOM how he and other Ethiopians were handed over to multiple smugglers as soon as they arrived in Yemen, tortured and held for ransom.

03 May 2016 description

Due to the ongoing and protracted El Nino phenomenon, IOM’s quarterly Internal Displacement Monitoring Report (IDMR) is ever more relevant and crucial to help partners in providing coordinated, efficient and timely response to displaced persons. The 15th (IDMR) workshop held on the 21st of April, 2016 with participants from the government, UN agencies, donors, INGOs and local NGOs highlighted the alarming increase in numbers of displaced persons and the aggravating hazards caused by the El Nino phenomenon mainly in the regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia and Somali.

02 May 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme


• 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.

02 May 2016 description

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.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Belg prospects improve with heavy rainfall in April, but Emergency likely to continue


29 Apr 2016 description

FAO seeks $10 million to provide underserved districts with seeds, prevent further rise in food insecurity

29 Apr 2016 description

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

29 Apr 2016 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.