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29 Dec 2008 description


Food Security Update

The first part of the FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) indicated that meher crop performance is good in the western parts of the country, and harvest could be average especially for the main crop growing areas notes WFP. However, teff production is likely to be below average due to the effect of the unseasonal rains received during October/early November. Harvest prospects are below average in the eastern half of the country.

28 Dec 2008 description


- Amid growing demands for food aid in the predominantly eastern parts of the country, Relief, Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) and Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSF) resources remain short by 588,500 MT at the value of US$ 508.5 million for 2009.

- According to official reports from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), there are 58 new cases of AWD reported from Humbo woredas of Wolaita zone in Southern Nations Nationality and Peoples' Region (SNNPR)


23 Dec 2008 description

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a separatist rebel group active in the eastern Ethiopian region inhabited prevalently by Somalis, called on the United Nations to send a team to investigate what it defied as "a massacre of innocent civilians" in mid December by Ethiopian government forces. The rebels report the killing of 50 civilians in an army attack on the two villages of Mooyaha and Galalshe on December 17 and 18, accusing the government of now "attempting to cover up the evidence of the massacre".

22 Dec 2008 description


Crop harvest prospects

There is an overall improvement in the food security situation in some parts of the country. Poor meher rains have, however, caused substantial damage to crops in the low and midland areas of Eastern Oromiya, Dire Dawa, Harar and eastern Amhara, according to the latest WFP food security update. In the lowlands of East and West Harerghe zones, crops of maize and sorghum have dried-up and are used for animal feed.

22 Dec 2008 description

For a Policy Framework on Pastoralism in Africa

African Union and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Pastoralists across Africa have called for a continent-wide policy framework that will begin to secure and protect the lives, livelihood and rights of pastoralists across Africa.

21 Dec 2008 description


- No new cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) reported for the last five weeks, but prevention interventions remain paramount to prevent another outbreak.

- The Emergency Nutrition Coordination Unit (ENCU) report, a total of 1,256 new admissions to Therapeutic Feeding Centers in SNNPR, Amhara, Somali, and Tigray Regions, during the reporting week.


a) Political, social, security overview for the week

- The overall security situation in the country remained stable during this week.

18 Dec 2008 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York-The Campaign to End Fistula was today recognized as a model for championing collaboration between countries in the Global South, receiving an award of excellence from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The award committee of UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation highlighted the Campaign's innovative approach in the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula and the rehabilitation of fistula survivors.

15 Dec 2008 description

This November, International Rescue Committee health teams undertook a week-long campaign to conduct vital eye surgeries for 89 people in Sherkole camp, a safe haven for southern Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia. Doctors targeted people suffering from cataracts, a clouding of the lens, and trachoma, an inward rotation of the eyelashes which rubs the cornea (and is most commonly found in rural areas without good water supply).

15 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Addis Ababa -15 December 2008- The Government of Sweden and UNICEF today signed a new agreement that will boost efforts to improve quality basic education for girls in Ethiopia. Sweden will provide up to 28 million Swedish Kroner, close to US $ 3.5 Million, over the next two years to support educational access and quality improvement, with particular emphasis on eliminating gender-based violence in schools and basic education learning centers (Early Childhood Care and Education and Alternative Basic Education centers).

The project has three major objectives. The first is to strengthen …

15 Dec 2008 description


Water and Crop Performance

Crop performance and production prospects for late planted crops are promising in parts of East and West Harerghe zones of Oromiya Region, according to CARE. The unseasonable rains received in early November benefited crops such as teff, chickpeas and fruits. The rains also helped to replenish water sources and pasture in the pastoral areas of Borena and lowland agro-pastoral areas of East and West Harerghe zones.

14 Dec 2008 description


- According to WFP, Local prices of basic food commodities decline as the new harvest increases supply to the market. However, the prices are still very high as compared to same time last year.

- No new cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) reported for the last three four weeks, but prevention interventions remain paramount in the wake of floods.

- The Emergency Nutrition Coordination Unit (ENCU) report, a total of 1,542 new admissions to Therapeutic Feeding Centers in SNNPR, Amhara, Somali, and Tigray Regions, during the reporting week.


11 Dec 2008 description

By Alex Wynter in Melka Guba, southern Oromia, Ethiopia

Only after we've been in the village for several hours does the headman, Dhane Gelgelo, say openly that people as well as animals will die here if the drought goes on.

Gelgelo, 34, has been - very uncomplainingly - telling the story of his community's decline in the face of three years of almost unbroken drought conditions.

"We've lost 1,000 cattle this year alone," he says, "and more are dying all the time."

The ones that do roam the village are in very poor condition, attempting to graze …

11 Dec 2008 description

Paris, 11 December - Against the backdrop of the global financial crisis, education and development ministers, leading officials from multilateral and bilateral agencies, and representatives from civil society will meet in Oslo, Norway (16-17 December ) to recommend strategies for accelerating progress towards achieving quality Education For All by 2015.

Organized by UNESCO and hosted by the Government of Norway, this eighth meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All will be opened by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura with the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens …

10 Dec 2008 description
report CARE

CANBERRA 10/12/08: CARE Australia believes the combination of the current financial and food crises creates a perfect storm for humanitarian catastrophe for the very poor.

The turmoil in financial markets should not be allowed to overshadow and the fate of the more than 900 million people who go to bed hungry each night.

The current financial crisis is driving more people in to poverty and we desperately need help from the Australian public.

09 Dec 2008 description


Most of the multi-agency emergency assessment teams deployed across the regions are currently compiling their findings. Preliminary findings of the teams correspond to earlier reports from the field on the adverse impacts of the unsesonal rains in October and November on meher harvests. The rains compounded with frost and hailstorm contributed to crop failure in some woredas in Tigray and Amhara regions, which will further affect households' recovery from acute food insecurity, reports WFP.

07 Dec 2008 description


- According to WFP, reports indicate that 2008 production from the main (Meher) season will be below last year's production.

- No new cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) reported for the last three two weeks, but prevention interventions remain paramount in the wake of floods.

- A total of 2,246 new admissions were reported from six regions - SNNPR, Oromiya, Tigray, Amhara and Somali during the week, ENCU report.


05 Dec 2008 description
report InterAction

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $4.7 million grant to Christian Children's Fund (CCF) in partnership with CCF Canada, University Research Co. LLC (URC) and local partners for Strengthening Community Safety Nets in Ethiopia.

Richmond, Va. - December 5, 2008 -Today 11 million children in the developing world die each year before they reach the age of five. Two-thirds of those deaths are caused by health problems that are preventable or treatable.