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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

13 Jun 2017 description

(Nairobi, 13 June 2017): International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit Horn of Africa after a visit to Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

A delegation led by the African Union and the United Nations concluded a five-day visit to the Horn of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, after visiting drought-affected communities in Ethiopia and Somalia. It included representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the African Development Bank, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the World Bank.

24 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET projects elevated risk of Famine in Somalia, despite mitigating impact of humanitarian assistance

  • UN releases revised 2017 HRP for Somalia, requesting $1.5 billion to respond to humanitarian needs through December

  • USG announces more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Projected late-2017 El Niño climatic event could affect food security in the Horn of Africa

  • UNICEF increases Somalia malnutrition projection to 1.4 million children impacted by late 2017

  • Donors fund 76 percent of Somalia Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • Relief actors detect fall armyworm infestation in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

04 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Ambassador to Somalia declares drought and food insecurity disaster

  • UN establishes local coordination center in Somalia’s Bay Region

  • UN releases Flash Appeal for Kenya, requesting $166 million

  • Key donors disburse $369 million for drought relief in Somalia in 2017

  • USG commits additional $132 million for relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FGoS declares a national disaster for drought in Somalia

  • Somalia HCT releases Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • GoK, USG declare disasters for drought and food insecurity in Kenya

  • UN Secretary-General calls for urgent scale-up in international assistance

  • USG commits additional $131 million for relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Feb 2017 description

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE

6.2 million
People in Somalia Requiring Humanitarian Assistance During 2017
UN – February 2017

2.9 million
People in Somalia Experiencing Crisis or Emergency Levels of Acute Food Insecurity
FEWS NET, FSNAU – February 2017

5.6 million
People in Ethiopia Requiring Humanitarian Assistance During 2017
GoE – January 2017

29 Apr 2014 description

Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

26 Oct 2012 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

· The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) expects food security conditions in some areas of the Horn of Africa to improve between October and December as a result of favorable seasonal rainfall, an increase in household food stocks from upcoming harvests, and decreasing food prices.

23 Oct 2012 description

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 22, 2012

The United States continues to be concerned by the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Although the famine in Somalia ended earlier this year, more than two million people in that country still urgently need humanitarian aid. And the overall humanitarian situation in the region remains fragile; more than 9 million people in the Horn need assistance.

12 Sep 2012 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

· Average to above-average rainfall is likely across much of the greater Horn of Africa region from September to December 2012, according to the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum. Mild El Niño conditions are expected to develop from October to December, leading to increased rainfall across the region.

24 Aug 2012 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On August 13, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) released the revised 2012 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). The revised HRD estimates that nearly 3.76 million people will require food assistance between August and December 2012, an increase of nearly 16 percent over the January-to-June caseload of approximately 3.2 million individuals. The HRD specifies that approximately $189.4 million is required to address food and non-food humanitarian needs in Ethiopia for the remainder of 2012.

08 Aug 2012 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Kenya on August 4 to discuss political, development, and humanitarian issues in the region with high-level Government of Kenya (GoK) officials. During the visit, Secretary Clinton announced plans to provide up to approximately $54 million in U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance the Horn of Africa. The additional contribution of humanitarian aid will help meet emergency food and non-food needs among drought-affected populations in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.