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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.

29 May 2013 description

Thirty-day rainfall surpluses continue to grow across western Ethiopia and western South Sudan

1) Poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has resulted in deteriorating ground conditions since January. This has negatively impacted crops and livestock throughout many parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia.

27 May 2013 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Unfavourable prospects for secondary “belg” season crops

  • Prices of cereals increase in most markets following the seasonal trend

  • Food security declines in belg-dependant areas as the lean season reaches its peak

  • Number of hosted refugees, two thirds of them from Somalia, reaches record level of about 400 000 people

22 May 2013 description

Heavy rains were observed in western Ethiopia, western South Sudan and Nigeria during the past week.

1) Poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has resulted in deteriorating ground conditions since January. This has negatively impacted crops and livestock throughout many parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia.

20 May 2013 description

Continued good performance of the seasonal rainfall further improved water and pasture availability in most droughtprone areas around the country. All types of water sources were fully replenished in Somali Region and in all woredas of Oromia Region, with the exception of Shalla and Siraro in West Arsi zone.

15 May 2013 description

Heavy rains continued for a second week across previously dry areas in western Ethiopia and South Sudan.

1) Poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has resulted in deteriorating ground conditions since January. This has negatively impacted crops and livestock throughout many parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia.

13 May 2013 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

· Although the recent good performance of seasonal rainfall has enhanced water and pasture availability in most drought-prone areas of Ethiopia, populations in some belg-producing parts of eastern Ethiopia will likely continue to experience Crisis—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) 3—level food insecurity through June due to delayed and poorly distributed February-to-May 2013 belg rains and resulting planting disruptions.

08 May 2013 description

Heavy, torrential rain fell over many parts of western Ethiopia, South Sudan, southern Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.

1) Poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has resulted in deteriorating ground conditions since January. This has negatively impacted crops and livestock throughout many parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia.

07 May 2013 description

Flood Update Localized flooding continued to cause damages across the country over the past two weeks. In SNNPR, overflow of the Blate River affected three additional villages in Loka Abaya woreda (Sidama zone) and displaced some 1,200 people from the area. Regional authorities requested the Federal Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) for additional Non Food Item (NFI) support to assist the affected population. Previous flooding, in April, affected more than 2,500 people in Loka Abaya woreda and Humbo woreda (Wolayita zone).

01 May 2013 description

1) Poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has resulted in deteriorating ground conditions since January. This has negatively impacted crops and livestock throughout many parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia.

2) Little to no rainfall since the second dekad of March has been received across portions of eastern Angola, and western Zambia. Late season moisture deficits indicate an early departure of the southern Africa monsoon in the region and may affect crops planted late in the season.

01 May 2013 description

Food security situation is likely to improve in southern and southeastern parts of the country

KEY MESSAGES

• March to May 2013 Gu/Genna rains in most parts of southern and southeastern pastoral areas started on time, were, well distributed, and were normal to above normal in amount. The rains have helped to increase pasture, browse, and water availability. Following the fair performance of the October to December 2012 Deyr/Hageya rains, better conditions for livestock are likely to improve the food security situation.

30 Apr 2013 description

22 Apr 2013 - Heavy rains over the past two weeks continue to cause flooding in Ethiopia. More than 9,000 households were affected in Somali region, and an additional 1,300 households were affected across Oromiya and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR)

Link: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 22 April 2013

26 Apr 2013 description

As of April 23, following heavy rainfall, flood has affected about 9,000 households in Somali Regional State, particularly in Korahe, Degehabur, Jarar and Shebelle areas. In East Hargeh Zone of Oromia Region, as well as in Wolyita and Sidama Zone in SNNPR Region, flood has affected about 1,300 people.

03 Apr 2013 description
  • Heavy precipitation continues across East Africa; however many local areas in western Ethiopia are experiencing a growing delay to seasonal rainfall with developing moisture deficits.

1) Since the beginning of the year, poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has led to deteriorating ground conditions, stressed vegetation and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout many parts of southwestern Africa.

15 Mar 2013 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 15 March 2013 (IRIN) - Thousands of children in the pastoral regions of Ethiopia are dropping out of school despite government and donor efforts to bring schools closer to them. Recurrent natural disasters such as drought and flooding, as well as inter-ethnic clashes, are major factors in school dropouts.

12 Mar 2013 description

A team from the African Development Bank Group, led by Abdoulaye Dagamaissa, Manager, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department (OSAN), and comprising Harouna Dosso, Senior Agronomist, OSAN/Ethiopia Field Office (ETFO); Hailemariam Hailemeskel, Agricultural Economist, OSAN/ETFO; and Paxina Chileshe-Toe, Natural Resources Management Specialist, OSAN, undertook a site visit from February 25-27 to Adaar, one of the six beneficiary woredas (administrative units) in the Afar region of Ethiopia, where the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP) will be implemented.