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19 Dec 2014 description

Context

Ethiopia matters to the UK for a range of development, foreign policy and security reasons. It is populous, poor, vulnerable but comparatively stable in the Horn of Africa. From a low base, Ethiopia’s growth and expansion of basic services in recent years have been among the most impressive in Africa. The UK Government has an opportunity to make our support more transformational and accelerate Ethiopia’s graduation from aid dependency.

18 Dec 2014 description

Giving birth at health centers improves outcomes for mothers and babies

“I see that the women are comfortable when they see how confident and efficient you are in the job you do.”

15 Dec 2014 description

Leitchour refugee camp has been underwater since the rains began this past June. Now the rains are over, bringing some reprieve to the more than 47 000 refugees living here. The expansive floodplain, dotted with white tents and huddles of round huts, is still extensively flooded. Refugees and villagers have to wade through knee-high dark brown waters. But they say it is now much better - at the peak of the rainy season, movement was impossible, except by boat.

A wretched camp

15 Dec 2014 description

KEY EVENTS

  • Deployed on 29 November, the meher humanitarian needs assessment team is expected to conclude the assessment on 21 December.

  • The Government’s DRMFSS and WFP are discussing loan arrangements to cover resource gaps for the sixth relief food round.

14 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

Many farmers in rural Ethiopia are over-reliant on a single crop. To combat this problem, Concern Worldwide introduced Ibre Seid and his community to the potato crop. The results have been amazing!

New crops desperately needed

Ibre Seid claims he was the first person in his community to taste a potato and this could very well be true.

The potato is not a crop traditionally grown in the area of Gelsha, where Ibre lives. But, new crops were desperately needed. People were relying on one crop, barley, which was dependent on rain.

14 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide has been helping communities in Gelsha, Ethiopia to cope with persistent flooding. Now, thanks to training in new farming techniques, people like Lubaba can grow enough food to feed their families.

In the rural highlands of Ethiopia, people depend on agriculture to feed their families and earn a living. However, increasingly erratic rainfall patterns are causing problems for farmers.

13 Dec 2014 description

By Lorenzo Bosi

Zemada Kebeb is a farmer living in Ethiopia’s drought-prone Tigray region. In the past, recurring droughts threatened to push her and her four children into chronic hunger. But now, with the help of a resilience-building initiative called R4, Zemada no longer fears a lack of rainfall and has enough stability to start growing new things like mangos.

11 Dec 2014 description
report Guardian

Gender-based violence is rampant, yet rather than equip NGOs to provide support, the law has all but crippled women’s rights organisations

One day in early October, Hanna Lalango, 16, did not return from school to her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the usual time. Her father Lalongo Hayesso was worried about his youngest daughter.

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11 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,960 individuals, comprising 191,375 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,585 who entered through the Assosa region.

  • The average arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees to the Gambella region has remained low as the rainy season comes to an end.

11 Dec 2014 description

Below-average October to December Deyr/Hagaya rains thus far in some southern and southeastern pastoral areas

Key Messages:

09 Dec 2014 description

Ethio-Feed PLC Launches Livestock Feed Facility that Transforms Agricultural Waste into Quality Livestock Feed

08 Dec 2014 description

KEY EVENTS

  • Between 17 November (when the relocation started) and 6 December, UNHCR and IOM relocated 5,667 South Sudanese refugees from Matar way station to Pugnido camp.

  • Woredas in the lowlands of Oromia that did not receive enough rain to replenish water sources continue to report water shortages. During the week, six water trucks provided water to an estimated 59,542 people.