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19 Oct 2018 description

Situation

  • Djibouti is an arid, desert-like country, characterized by low rainfall, extremely limited agricultural production and a heavy reliance on food imports. Approximately 42 percent of the population lives in absolute poverty, mostly in rural areas.

07 Mar 2018 description

Situation

  • Overall, the 2017 rainy seasons in Djibouti performed well, supporting pasture regeneration, increased water availability and near-average vegetation conditions. While the October-to-February rains were slightly below average, most households have improved food access due to a seasonal increase in access to milk and other livestock products, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

24 Jan 2018 description

“Now our situation is better and I can choose what my family and I eat. Having familiar foods on our plates feels a lot like home.”

January 2018—Djibouti—a small, desert-like country in East Africa—is home to fewer than 1 million people and chronically food insecure. Currently a haven to 27,000 refugees who have fled violence and insecurity in their own countries, the strain on resources is more pronounced as the country struggles to feed everyone in need.

20 Jan 2018 description

A variety of natural hazards—including cyclical drought, floods, and environmental degradation—are endemic to the East and Central Africa (ECA) region, where conflict, rapid population growth, and limited government response capacity have compounded humanitarian needs over the last decade. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S.

17 Jan 2018 description

Situation

  • Overall, the 2017 rainy seasons in Djibouti performed well, supporting pasture regeneration, increasing water availability and leading to near-average vegetation conditions. While the ongoing October-to-February rains are slightly below average to date, most households are experiencing improved food access due to a seasonal increase in access to milk and other livestock products, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

28 Nov 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Food security in Somalia deteriorated between August and October due to ongoing conflict and drought conditions

• USAID partners in Kenya remain prepared to respond to civil unrest following the country’s repeat election in October

• Nearly 40 percent of the approximately 578,000 IDPs in Ethiopia’s Oromiya Region lack adequate shelter

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly one million people displaced in Somalia from January to August, more than 800,000 primarily due to drought conditions

  • Clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs

  • USG provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian funding for the Horn of Africa regional response in FY 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Risk of Famine-level food insecurity likely to persist through December among vulnerable populations in Somalia

• UN requests $106 million in additional humanitarian funding to benefit 1.9 million people in Kenya • USG provides an additional $69.2 million to support the humanitarian response for Somalia

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

31 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN and GoE release revised 2017 HRD, identifying approximately 8.5 million people in Ethiopia requiring emergency food assistance

  • Estimated food-insecure population in Kenya increases to 3.4 million people

  • USAID Administrator announces an additional $91 million to support humanitarian interventions in Ethiopia

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET issues alert for food security emergency in Ethiopia’s Somali Region

  • Risk of Famine—IPC 5—levels of acute food insecurity persists in Somalia

  • USG announces an additional $169 million to support humanitarian interventions in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET expects persistent food security crisis through early 2018

  • USAID/OFDA staff assess health, nutrition, and WASH needs in northern Kenya

  • USG announces nearly $126 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN and AU host High-Level Partnership Mission to the Horn of Africa in June, garnering increased donor commitments for droughtaffected countries

  • Compared to the 2010/2011 drought in East Africa, FEWS NET reports the 2016/2017 drought is more widespread but less severe

KEY DEVELOPMENTS