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15 Jun 2011 description

This issue covers the period from November 2010 to May 2011. Its special focus is on climate change and climate variability and how these affect food and nutrition security and aggravate the problems of hunger and undernutrition. This edition aims to provide some basic understanding of the ways that climate change exacerbates humanitarian crises and to contribute to the debate about how to face this challenge.

30 Jun 2009 description

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Ethiopia - Drought contributes to worsening food insecurity

Over 12 million people are currently classified as food insecure in Ethiopia, with those in the Somali and Oromia regions the most affected. Compounding the problem, drought has caused significant crop and livestock losses.

31 Mar 2009 description

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Ethiopia - High levels of food insecurity persist

The 2008 meher harvest was inadequate in several regions, leaving 12.4 million people in need of food or cash assistance. Furthermore, the planting of this year's Belg crop has been delayed due to insufficient rains fueling fears of a second failed harvest. The situation is especially worrisome in the regions of SNNPR, Oromia, Tigray and Afar, where the Belg harvest provides for the majority of household food needs.

30 Jun 2008 description

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Ethiopia- Failure of the last seasonal rains

The failure of the last seasonal rains has affected cereal and root crops as welll as livestock conditions. As a result, the number of emergency beneficiaries has increased from an estimated 2.2 million in April to 4.6 million in June 2008. The most affected areas are in SNNPR, Oromya ans Somalia regions. Deteriorating situations have also been reported in Afar and Amhara regions. Although the rains have recently improved and humanitarian interventions have been put in place, the emergency has not yet fully beem addressed.

31 May 2005 description

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Djibouti-Drought alert-The last three rainy seasons were poor and this was compounded by the migration of pastoralists from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea in search of pasture and resulted in the deterioration of the food security situation.

31 May 2004 description

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Ethiopia - Dire situation of IDPs in Somali region -The nutrition and food security situation has improved in most parts of Ethiopia compared to 2002 and 2003. This may be attributed to better weather conditions and to the humanitarian aid which have probably mitigated the situation. Whilst in some areas, the nutrition situation seems under-control, it is still average to precarious in most parts of Ethiopia. The Somali region is especially at risk, due to poor rainfall and the presence of IDPs.

26 Jul 2002 description

Eritrea The situation in Eritrea is precarious as a result of the continuing effect of an ongoing drought that is threatening food security at the country level. The country is also still suffering the effects of the war with Ethiopia and much work needs to be done to reintegrate fighters and rehabilitate much of the land and infrastructure in war affected areas. This has left a great deal of people acutely vulnerable and suffering from chronic food insecurity. It is concerning to note that humanitarian activities remains acutely under funded.