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11 Dec 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has just completed a two-day trip to Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to make financial services more accessible to the rural poor.

10 Dec 2013 description

In southern Ethiopia, the food produced by a group of smallholder farmers is now being used as part of school meals programs in the region. Linking up farmers with the schools in this way creates new connections in the local food production system and helps to raise the general level of food security. To make it possible, the three Rome-based UN agencies combined their expertise, each one focusing on a specific area of the chain, with the Ethiopian government coordinating the whole.

09 Dec 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

27 Nov 2013 description

Food security remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most eastern parts of the country

KEY MESSAGES

Slightly above average crop production in November/December in most parts of the country is expected to improve food consumption from November to March 2014, including agropastoral areas of Afar and northern Somali Region.

18 Nov 2013 description

Highlights

  • The year-on-year inflation has increased by 8.5% for general, 7.8% for food and 9.2% for non-food. The consumer price index of bread and cereals has increased by 15% as compared to October 2012 which significantly contributed to the rise in the indices of food and general consumer price index. The general, food and non-alcoholic beverage and non-food CPI for October 2013 has showed an increase of 0.6%, 0.9% and 0.2%, respectively.

30 Sep 2013 description

Crops are at their normal developmental stages in most parts of the country

KEY MESSAGES

• Following the mostly normal performance of the June to September Kiremt rains, most crops are at their normally expected developmental stage. A near normal Meher harvest is expected in most parts of the country. However, in places where Kiremt rains started late and in areas where some weather-related hazards occurred, some below normal production is anticipated.

25 Sep 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today received 1,513 metric tons of rice, valued at US$718,000 (more than 13 million Ethiopian birr), from the Government of Brazil to assist refugees living in various camps in Ethiopia.

The handover ceremony, which took place at the WFP warehouse in Nazareth, was attended by representatives from the embassies of Brazil and Norway, from the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and from the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

17 Sep 2013 description

Highlights

  • The year-on-year inflation has increased by 7% for general, 3.8% for food and 10.8% for non-food. The consumer price index of bread and cereals has increased by 6.6% as compared to August 2012 which contributed to the rise in the indices of food and general consumer price index.

02 Sep 2013 description

As the world’s largest humanitarian agency, WFP uses its procurement needs to boost agriculture in developing nations: in 2012, it bought US$1.1 billion worth of food and more than 75 percent of that was in developing countries. Now, through its Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme, WFP is procuring food from smallholder farmers, giving them a greater incentive to invest in their farms.

27 Aug 2013 description

Normal performance of June to September Kiremt rains continues in most parts of the country

KEY MESSAGES

  • The Kiremt rains and Meher crops have been largely normal in terms of schedule and progress in most areas of the country. However, the northwestern parts of Amhara and Tigray, some lowland areas in East Hararghe Zone in Oromia, and Segen and the northern parts of South Omo Zone in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) have received below average total June to September rainfall so far.

12 Aug 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun cash distributions to 255,000 vulnerable Ethiopians facing short-term acute food insecurity. The new pilot scheme is supported by funds from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

Under the project, WFP this month has begun distributing a combination of cash and food assistance to families in Oromia and Amhara who are eligible for relief assistance because natural disasters or conflict have left them temporarily unable to meet their immediate food needs.

15 Jul 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash distributions to refugees in Ethiopia this month, with the financial support of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

More than 12,000 refugees started receiving monthly cash entitlements last week in addition to a monthly food allocation in a pilot project in Sheddar refugee camp in the Somali regional state capital of Jijiga.

11 Jul 2013 description

Highlights - In June 2013, year-on-year inflation increased by 7.4% for general, 3.7% for food and 11.9% for non-food inflation. The month-to-month inflation has shown increment; 0.76% for general, 0.33% for food and 2.82% for bread and cereals.

  • Compared to May 2013, import parity price of maize (Black Sea) and wheat (US Gulf) at Addis Ababa remained stable with increases of 2%.

27 Jun 2013 description

The delayed Belg harvest prolongs lean season in southern and eastern Belg-producing areas

KEY MESSAGES

• Following a three- to four-week delayed onset of the rains which delayed planting and crop development, Belg crops will likely not be harvested until mid-July in southern and eastern Belg-producing areas instead of mid-June. The delayed harvest prevents the timely planting of short-cycle Meher crops on the same land.

25 Jun 2013 description

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Hunger In Ethiopia

Ethiopia loses around 16.5 percent of its GDP each year to the long-term effects of child malnutrition. That's just one of the statistics to emerge from "The Cost of Hunger in Africa" study which measures the economic impact of malnutrition in 12 different countries. Ethiopia is the third country so far to publish its findings.

24 Jun 2013 description

NAZARETH – A ceremony here today marked the donation of 867 metric tons of dates, valued at US$1.7 million (31 million Birr) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations World Food Programme.

The dates, destined for distribution among school children and refugees in various camps across Ethiopia, were officially handed over from WFP to the government of Ethiopia at WFP’s sub-office in Nazareth town, in the presence of officials from the Saudi Embassy and government of Ethiopia.

11 Jun 2013 description

Highlights

  • In May 2013, country level year-on-year inflation that measures the price change between the same months of two consecutive years has increased by 6.3% and 3.4% respectively for overall and food inflation rate. Bread and cereals year-on-year inflation increased by 6.5%.

30 May 2013 description

Below average Belg production is expected in the northeastern parts of the country

KEY MESSAGES

• The delayed onset, erratic distribution, and below average rainfall totals of the February to May 2013 Belg rains in eastern areas of Amhara and Tigray Regions have led to well below average planted area for Belg crops and poor crop performance. As a result, the Belg harvest in June/July is expected to be well below average. Poor households in these areas will not receive much, if any, new supply of food between now and September 2013.

22 May 2013 description

WFP’s school meals programme has benefitted millions of school children across Ethiopia over the last 19 years and currently serves some 650,000 students in 1,800 schools in different parts of the country. Fatuma is one of those children.

Gewane, ETHIOPIA – A daily round trip of three hours along a dusty road might not appeal to many, but for schoolgirl Fatuma Hamedu, the journey shows just how committed she is to changing her life.

“I travel this distance every day,” says Fatuma. “I do it to learn but also so I can eat.”

04 Apr 2013 description

It is a struggle to feed a growing family on land that is subject to droughts and soil erosion. But for Ethiopian smallholder farmers like Abebe Moliso, that's exactly the challenge that life has given them. A land management programme called MERET is helping them deal with it.