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30 Sep 2009 description

Highlights

- The food security situation in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia is acute and deteriorating. The crop harvest of the main season is about 15 per cent lower than the historical average. This comes on the back of more than three consecutive droughts which have decimated crop production and pasture in most arid and semi-arid areas. The overall situation is further aggravated by growing conflicts. The number of affected people is estimated at more than 20 million.

- Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates are increasing, reaching alarming levels.

26 Aug 2005 description

KHARTOUM - The United Nations World Food Programme said today it is struggling to feed 90,000 Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees in eastern Sudan. More than halfway through its term, the two-year WFP operation to feed the refugees has a 47 percent funding shortfall and breaks in supplies are looming.

09 Jun 2005 description

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme today heralded the announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of a major push to save millions of people on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa and the victims of humanitarian crises elsewhere in Africa. Yesterday's announcement at the White House brings the United States' funding for humanitarian emergencies in Africa to more than US$2 billion, and the United Kingdom's support to some US$300 million.

20 Feb 2004 description

ADDIS ABABA - The United Nations World Food Programme announced today that it has been forced to reduce the amount of food distributed to refugees in Ethiopia due to lack of funding. The 126,000 refugees will only receive 70 percent of the food considered adequate for a healthy diet.

13 Mar 2003 description

NAIROBI - The United Nations World Food Programme today warned that more food aid was urgently needed to avert severe human suffering in drought-affected Ethiopia and Eritrea, where relief stocks will run out in the approaching months.

03 Dec 2002 description

New York - The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, James T. Morris, today warned the UN Security Council of an unprecedented hunger crisis in Africa, where at least 38 million people are at risk.

21 Nov 2002 description

ROME - In response to mounting concern among the general public about the vast hunger crisis gripping the African continent, the United Nations World Food Programme today announced the creation of a global campaign to assist more than 38 million victims.

05 Dec 2001 description

Nairobi, 5 December 2001 - For the first time in nearly four years, a large grain vessel has docked at the Eritrean port of Assab.

28 Jul 2000 description

In June, some one million Eritreans were displaced by the war with Ethiopia. WFP responded by launching an emergency operation to help feed the internal refugees .

06 Jul 2000 description

NAIROBI -- Despite a recent peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, hundreds of thousands of war-affected Eritreans will continue to need large amounts of food aid for some time to come, the World Food Programme said today.

30 Jun 2000 description

This report includes: A) Horn of Africa: Ethiopia and Eritrea B) Sierra Leone C) Angola D) Tajikistan - drought.

20 Jun 2000 description

News Release, June 20, 2000

13 Jun 2000 description

Like the 1984 Ethiopian famine, which claimed an estimated one million lives, the current food crisis has been caused by the successive failure of seasonal rainfall provoking a widespread drought.

02 Jun 2000 description

This report includes: A) Eritrea - war displaced B) Sudan - Eritrean refugees C) Ethiopia D) Angola E) Sierra Leone F) Mozambique.

30 May 2000 description

Despite an ongoing civil war and the world's largest population of internally displaced persons, the humanitarian situation in Africa's largest country remains relatively stable.

30 May 2000 description

Eritrea's war with Ethiopia resumed on 11 May, 2000 with an estimated half a million Eritreans fleeing the border area after the Ethiopian army launched a massive land offensive.

26 May 2000 description

This report includes: A) Horn of Africa: Ethiopia and Eritrea B) Sudan: Eritrean refugees C) Kenya D) Sierra Leone E) India - drought.

25 May 2000 description

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme announced today it will launch an emergency feeding programme for the thousands of Eritreans fleeing into Sudan to escape war in their own country.

23 May 2000 description

NAIROBI -- The World Food Programme (WFP) launched today an urgent airlift of high protein biscuits to tens of thousands of Eritreans displaced by the upsurge in fighting between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

10 Apr 2000 description


Although its border war with Eritrea has displaced some 350,000 people and there are border clashes with Somali warlords, drought in the south and east of Ethiopia is having by far the greatest humanitarian impact.
It has led to poor harvests in the 1998-1999 Meher growing season (Ethiopia’s main harvesting period) as well as a series of low-yielding Belg or secondary crops. The Tigray and Amhara regions in east of Ethiopia, together with southern regions Oromiya and Somali, face a severe food crisis.