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29 Dec 2004 description

Seyfu Gebreselassie, a subsistence farmer living in Debdebo village in the northern region of Tigray, faced a grave situation in June 2003. The vital azmera rains that usually occur between February and May had failed, leaving crops stunted and wilted. The chronically food insecure area was suffering from severe drought conditions and extreme seed shortages for the upcoming planting season. With no assets to sell, no labor opportunities, and no means to buy seeds, Seyfu had few remaining options.

23 Dec 2004 description

Executive Summary

TIGRAY REGION

Except for some areas in the central and western parts of the region, the onset of Meher rains in most parts of the region was delayed by 2-4 weeks. The rains were very low in amount and irregular in distribution, particularly in the lowlamdsying areas of the eastern half of the region. This year Meher rains withdrew early in the eastern half and timely in the western parts of the region.

23 Dec 2004 description


Executive Summary

TIGRAY REGION

Except for some areas in the central and western parts of the region, the onset of Meher rains in most parts of the region was delayed by 2-4 weeks. The rains were very low in amount and irregular in distribution, particularly in the lowlamdsying areas of the eastern half of the region. This year Meher rains withdrew early in the eastern half and timely in the western parts of the region.

23 Dec 2004 description


(ADDIS ABABA, 23 December 2004) – The Ethiopian Government, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today appealed for 387,482 tonnes of food valued at approximately US $159 million for an estimated 2.2 million needy people, and US $112 million of non-food assistance to meet emergency humanitarian needs in 2005.

21 Dec 2004 description

The lush grasslands of the Nechasar National Park in southern Ethiopia are a wildlife paradise, but the thatched huts of the people who formerly lived on this land are empty. A reported two thousand families have been compelled to leave their homes and relocate outside the boundaries of the Park to accommodate the development of the park by a Netherlands-based foundation.

20 Dec 2004 description

The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced a contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP) of over $20 million for new initiatives to address poverty and hunger in Ethiopia. The funds will be provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

16 Dec 2004 description


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In Brief

Appeal no. 01.04/2004 Programme Update no. 2; Period covered: July to November 2004; Appeal coverage: 45.5%; Outstanding needs: CHF 347,600 (USD 307,100 or EUR 225,300).

Appeal target: CHF 637,924 (USD 479,102 or EUR 410,637).

14 Dec 2004 description
report PlusNews

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ADDIS ABABA, 14 December (PLUSNEWS) - One Ethiopian child out of 10 is an orphan, according to a report by the UN, the government and the NGO, Save the Children.

12 Dec 2004 description


8 - 12th December 2004

BACKGROUND

Afar region is an arid and semi arid area inhabited by pastoralists and agro pastoralists. The livelihood of Afar pastoralists is based on the rearing of livestock. The availability of pasture for their animals is dependent on the rainfall situation in the rainy seasons.

10 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

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ADDIS ABABA, 10 December (IRIN) - Ethiopia has received US $1.4 million from the African Development Fund (ADF) to finance the improvement of its largely untapped fish reserves, the fund said on Friday, adding that fishing could help reduce food insecurity and create jobs.

Currently, Ethiopia brings 15,000 tonnes a year of fish to the commercial market, but the government believes the country could produce more than three times as much.