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31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

- In December 2009, overall inflation rate decreased to 8.5 percent, food inflation to 3.3 and non - food inflation to 18.2 percent compared to November 2009 with overall, food and non - food inflation rates, which were at 10.6, 6.1 and 18.9 percent respectively.

- Import price of wheat and sorghum were 20 and 25 percent below local average price respectively whereas maize local average price was below the import price by 38 percent in December 2009.

30 Dec 2009 description

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Session I: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

Presentation: Trends and Determinants of Ag Productivity: Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse & Alejandro Nin-Pratt (IFPRI)

FINDINGS:

- Sample means from the CSA Agric Sample Survey (AgSS) data show:
- Only about half of farmers use fertilizer (teff, wheat and maize)
- Farmers using both seed and fertilizer have moderately higher yields (this does not correct for agro-ecology, other inputs and many other factors)

30 Dec 2009 description

Food security projected to deteriorate further in 2010

Poor performance of the June to September rains has resulted in below?normal harvests in meher?cropping areas as well as poor water availability and pasture regeneration in northern pastoral zones. This, combined with two consecutive poor belg cropping seasons (March?May), high staple food prices, poor livestock production, and reduced agricultural wages, is expected to drive elevated food insecurity over the coming six months (Figures 1 and 2). This follows high levels of food insecurity in 2009.

29 Dec 2009 description

date 2009-12-29 13:00 name Spokesperson's Office

1. With regard to worsening food crisis in the Horn of Africa, caused by continuous drought, the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide 700,000 dollars in emergency aid - 300,000 dollars to Ethiopia, 200,000 dollars to Kenya, and 200,000 dollars to Somalia - through the World Food Programme (WFP) in order to support efforts to overcome food crisis in the Horn of Africa and join the international community in its humanitarian assistance activities.

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29 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 December 2009 (IRIN) - The authorities in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland are moving to halt the smuggling of people - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - into Yemen and the Gulf States, senior Puntland officials told IRIN.

"We have begun to force would-be migrants back to their homes for their own safety.

28 Dec 2009 description

Yemen, a fragile state and the poorest country in the Middle East, faces a myriad of development challenges, dwindling water and oil reserves, and an enormous migratory burden. Yemen provides prima facie refugee status to Somalis, who have traditionally been the largest group of people arriving on Yemen's shores. Drought and lack of economic opportunities in the Horn of Africa is however driving increasing numbers of Ethiopian migrants and asylum seekers towards Yemen.

Five thousand Ethiopians are stranded in Yemen as a result of the continuing conflict in north Yemen.

28 Dec 2009 description

Food Security Update

The latest WFP weekly report indicates that the unseasonal rains are benefiting recovery of range lands, water sources and development of late planted crops such as chickpea, haricot beans, sweet potato in some parts of SNNP, Oromia, Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions. In lowland areas of Oromia (Bale, Guji and Arsi) the rains are rejuvenating pasture and water sources. In most highland and midland areas of the region, meher crop harvest is being completed.

27 Dec 2009 description
report European Commission

Slightly below last year estimated MEHER cereals production in Ethiopia

This year, a general failure of the BELG season, important for MEHER long cycle crop planting, has been observed. The onset of the MEHER season was also delayed to July. Despite a globally normal amount of rain for the total season, the rain distribution was quite erratic leading to dry spells in several administrative zones. The season ended quite early, end of September, and additional rains were received at harvest time, beginning of December, with potentially increasing harvest losses.

26 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 26, 2009 (Addis Ababa) An Israeli delegation head said the Israeli government is committed to expand and diversify its cooperation with Ethiopia especially in agriculture technology transfer.

In an exclusive interview with ENA over the weekend, delegation head, ZVI Herman said as agriculture is the driving sector for all spheres his government is closely working with Ethiopia to diversify its cooperation in this regard.

Ethiopia has immense potential and is doing well in developing the agriculture sector, the head said, adding, his government is sharing rich …

25 Dec 2009 description

Bahir Dar, December 25, 2009 (Bahir Dar) - Save the Children-Norway, an international humanitarian organization, and two bureaus of the Amhara State sign 40.5 million Birr worth project agreement to enable the former support on-going efforts toward ensuring quality education across the state.

The organization signed the four-year quality assurance project with the Education and Finance and Economic Development Bureaus of the regional government.

Save the Children-Norway Country Director Representative, Solomon Kelkay said the project aims at ensuring the quality of education in the …

24 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) donated on Thursday storages for pharmaceuticals and vehicles to be used for drug transport to the Drug Fund and Supply Agency of Ethiopia.

After receiving the 8 million US dollars donation on the premise of USAID, State Minister of Health Dr.

24 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - Ministry of Health handed over on Thursday seven vehicles, which were secured from UNICEF, to Health Bureau of the Somali State.

Handing over the donation, UNICEF representative said the UN agency will remain an active partner of the ministry and health bureaus of the regional states.

The vehicles will contribute a lot in expanding movable healthcare services across the regional state, the representative said, adding UNICEF will continue assisting the region toward improve health service provisions.

Speaking at the occasion, director …

23 Dec 2009 description

Addis Ababa, December 22, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran said natural resource conservation done by the government and people of Ethiopia is a success.

The outstanding natural resource conservation work done by the government and people of Ethiopia was screened at the Copenhagen climate change conference.

On the occasion, the Executive Director said the Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition (MERET) project is homegrown, focused on expansion of best practices and made use of natural resources for land development …

23 Dec 2009 description

23 December 2009, Addis Ababa: Today, Ethiopia concluded a one and a half day national inception workshop by launching a joint programme on children, food security and nutrition by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Federal Ministry of Health, the UN Resident Coordinator's Office, UNICEF, WFP, WHO and FAO with a generous contribution of 7 million USD received from the Spanish government.

The workshop that was underway starting 22 December at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) aims to provide in-depth information about overall objectives and key …

22 Dec 2009 description
report Oxfam

Twenty-five years on from 1984 famine food aid remains knee-jerk reaction

International aid agency Oxfam today (22 October 2009) called for a radical shake-up in the way the world deals with food crises in Ethiopia and beyond. The agency rounded on what it called a "knee-jerk reaction" to food crises which is dominated by sending food aid. While the agency recognised that sending food aid does save lives, the dominance of this approach fails to offer long-term solutions which would break these cyclical and chronic crises.

22 Dec 2009 description
report Oxfam

Summary

In 1984, one million Ethiopians died during a catastrophic famine. The government at the time hid the scale of hunger until a shocking BBC television report ignited a massive relief effort, supported by the Band Aid movement. Though this was too late for too many, thousands of lives were saved.

The severity of suffering seen 25 years ago has not returned to Ethiopia. But, as we are seeing again this year, drought still plagues the country.

22 Dec 2009 description

WFP's first Asian corporate partner, LG Electronics, supports WFP's work in Ethiopia via a number of communities called "LGE Hope Villages". In these villages LGE funding is helping nearly 3,000 families (14,500 people) increase their food security and resilience to climatic change.

LGE's support is focused in the Amhara region, one of the most vulnerable areas in the country. It is partly channeled into 'food-for-assets' activities where people work on infrastructure programmes that will make local agriculture more fruitful and sustainable.

21 Dec 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Tens of Thousands Face Murderous Smugglers at Sea, Abusive Policies on Land

(New York, December 21, 2009) - The Yemeni government should stop systematically arresting Ethiopian asylum seekers and forcibly returning them to Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.