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28 Dec 2015 description

Key Issues

  • El Niño continues to strengthen with the sea surface temperature (SST) in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean registering +2.9 degree Celsius above normal as of 21 December, up from +2.8 degree Celsius on 14 December and from +2.7 degree Celsius three weeks ago.

  • Failing to address MAM cases will cause spikes in SAM cases, leading to more human suffering and costlier intervention months down the line.

21 Dec 2015 description

Key Issues

  • Cluster partners continue to increase response capacity with surge deployments.

  • More than 4,500MT of cereals is required to support small holder farmers with seed in 2016.

  • The relief food pipeline for early 2016 is significantly strained. The monthly commodity requirements for 10.2 million people are 173,595 MT of food.

15 Dec 2015 description


  • Based on the multi Meher assessment results 10.2 million beneficiaries will need emergency food assessment while 400,000 children under five and 1.7 million children, pregnant and lactating women will require specialized nutritional support. Of the total case load 37 percent are in Oromia, 22 percent in Amhara, 15 percent in Somali, 12 percent in Tigray, 7 percent in Afar.

15 Dec 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Government of Ethiopia launched the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document in Addis Ababa on Friday, 11 December 2016.

  • The 2016 HRD: 10.2 million people in need of emergency food assistance. 5.8 million people to be supported with water, hygiene and sanitation interventions; and over 2.1 million people with nutrition support including 435,000 severely acute malnourished children.

10 Dec 2015 description


  • 730,358 Total number of refugees
  • 39,020 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
  • 53% Percentage of women and girls
  • 64.3% Percentage of Children


10 Dec 2015 description


This document is presented jointly by the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team. It presents the key findings of the Governmentled post-harvest assessment of autumn 2015. It includes the outline of the Government and UN Humanitarian Country Team response plan to address assessed and projected humanitarian needs in 2016.

The full Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document will be launched in Addis Ababa on Wednesday 9 December 2015.

07 Dec 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Government of Ethiopia will launch the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 9 December 2015.

  • Ethiopia will, for the first time, have a side event during the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview in Geneva on Monday, 7 December 2015. A synopsis of the 2016 HRD will be shared at the event.

  • The number of hotspot priority one woredas in 2015 quadrupled from 40 woredas in February to 186 woredas in December.

04 Dec 2015 description

Food security emergency in central/eastern Ethiopia follows worst drought in more than 50 years


02 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Ethiopia is currently facing its worst drought in decades, with over 8.2 million people in need of food aid until the end of the year. The deteriorating food security situation has contributed to increased malnutrition among children with an estimated 350,000 children requiring life-saving therapeutic treatment in 2015.

30 Nov 2015 description

Key Issues

  • Development partners are urged to scale-up their investment on long-term community water supply schemes to break the cycle of chronic water shortages, and extreme vulnerability to the slightest weather shocks.

  • The final draft of the 2016 Humanitarian. Requirements Document will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for endorsement early this week. The official release of the Document is tentatively planned for 4 December.

23 Nov 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Government will use the newly completed railway from Djibouti to Adama, Ethiopia to transport relief supplies.

  • At least 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding and at least 105,300 people are at risk of displacement, according to the Flood Contingency Plan released on 18 November.

  • OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) issued a Call for Proposals for WaSH response in Afar,
    Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray. Proposals must be submitted before 5 December 2015.

18 Nov 2015 description


  • Pursuant to the National Meteorological Agency weather/climate outlook, during the upcoming November 2015, the wet weather condition will continue over south and southeastern parts of the country in a better strength with a chance of heavy falls at places, which can causes flash flood at places in the areas. Therefore proper precautions should be undertaken ahead of time over flood prone areas o f the aforementioned areas.

16 Nov 2015 description

Key Issues

  • CERF’s new contribution of $17 million will enable WFP feed 1.37 million food insecure Ethiopians and provide supplemental feeding to at least 164,000 malnourished people.

  • With a three to five month lead time, the window of opportunity to procure and preposition emergency food and nutrition supplies for early 2016 is rapidly closing.

  • The revised hotspot woreda list is expected in two-three week time.

14 Nov 2015 description

Large-scale food security emergency projected for 2016


  • In 2015, eastern Ethiopia had a severe drought. The drought contributed to low crop production for both the Belg and Meher harvests, poor livestock health, low water availability, and lack of demand for agricultural labor.

  • A major food security emergency is projected for the coming year. Already, some northern pastoral areas have moved into Emergency (IPC Phase 4).

09 Nov 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The El Niño continues to intensify. The sea surface temperature increased sharply to +2.7 Celsius above normal.

  • El Niño-impacted kiremt rains negatively affected long cycle crops in parts of north eastern and central Ethiopia.

  • Deyr rains improve water availability and pasture conditions in some areas of Somali region.

  • The National Flood Contingency Plan is expected to be officially released this week.

Donors are urgently requested to:

02 Nov 2015 description

Key Issues

 The scabies outbreak in Amhara region – a highly contagious disease - needs urgent cross-sector intervention.

 Acknowledging the need for a rapid scale up of nutrition intervention, OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Fund called on all interested and eligible partners to apply for funding. At present, nutrition partners are only responding in 89 (of 142) humanitarian hotspot priority one woredas and 40 (of 189) priority two woredas.

29 Oct 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In October, the Government announced that about 8.2 million people in Ethiopia, including 4.6 million children, are in need of emergency food aid, up from the 4.5 million estimated in August.

  • The estimated number of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) for 2015 increased from 302,605 to 350,000.

26 Oct 2015 description


Following the incidences of flood situations in pocket areas of the country since June 2015, the DRMFSS-led, multi-sector national Flood Task Force was re-activated in early August and has been closely monitoring the situation.

26 Oct 2015 description

Key Issues

- In Ethiopia, El Niño causes flooding in riverine areas in the south and south eastern parts of the country; and severe drought in the north, central and eastern highlands.

  • The Government urged donor partners to ensure a healthy food pipeline for the coming months to address the expected further increase in relief food beneficiary.

19 Oct 2015 description

Key Issues

  • The Government announced that 8.2 million people require urgent food assistance in 2015.

  • Humanitarian partners call for increased donor funding for a dual track approach that responds to increasing 2015 and anticipated 2016 needs.

  • While the 2011 La Niña drought impacted southern and south eastern Ethiopia; the current El Niño drought impacts a much larger geographic area and wider population, in the northern and central highlands.