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09 Apr 2018 description

By Aaron Maasho

Violence along the border of the Horn of Africa country's Somali and Oromiya provinces first erupted in September last year, with both regions blaming the other for the unrest

18 Dec 2017 description

Clashes are likely to fuel fears about security in Ethiopia, the region's biggest economy and a staunch Western ally

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 18 (Reuters) - At least 61 people have been killed in clashes between different ethnic groups in Ethiopia's Oromiya region, officials said, the latest bout of violence to highlight increasing instability in a province racked by bloody protests in 2015 and 2016.

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01 Oct 2017 description

Some 8.5 million people in Ethiopia are currently in need of emergency food aid owing to severe drought

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The World Bank on Friday on Friday signed a $1.3 billion loan and grant agreement with Ethiopia to improve governance and fund an anti-poverty package that provides financial relief for people facing food shortages.

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18 Sep 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:39 GMT

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Clashes along the border of Ethiopia's Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in.

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31 Aug 2017 description

Climate changes are threatening the way of life of Nomadic herders, forcing them to move away from traditional grazing grounds and find alternative livelihoods

By Lesley Wroughton

JIJIGA, Ethiopia, Aug 30 (Reuters) - An abattoir located among herding communities in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region, known more for droughts and famine than business opportunities, is an unusual stop for a U.S. aid administrator.

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10 Jun 2017 description

"There is donor fatigue because there are a lot of crises"

By Aaron Maasho

WARDER, Ethiopia, June 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the government and humanitarian groups said.

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18 Apr 2017 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:18 GMT

Ethiopia has faced criticism over its authoritarian approach to economic development

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, April 18 (Reuters) - A total of 669 people were killed in unrest that gripped Ethiopia for several months until authorities imposed a state of emergency last October, according to an investigation report presented to parliament on Tuesday.

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13 Apr 2017 description

Pest is a food security risk in a region already struggling with worsening drought

ADDIS ABABA, April 13 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have damaged crops across southern Ethiopia, the latest country to be struck by the pests in a region already struggling with widespread drought and hunger, authorities said on Thursday.

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18 Nov 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:36 GMT

Author: Reuters

  • Ethiopia says has spent $280 mln to tackle crisis

  • U.N. says 15 mln people may need food aid by early 2016

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopia expects to open a tender to buy additional wheat after purchasing one million tonnes to tackle extreme food shortages due to drought, a senior official said on Wednesday.

11 Jun 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:30 GMT

Author: Elias Gebreselassie

ZIWAY, Ethiopia, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Gebre Sire, a farmer from the village of Abine Germama in Ethiopia's Oromia regional state, has been paying into weather-index based crop insurance for over two years. While he's happy that he has recently received his first payout after drought ruined his corn crop about a year ago, he feels there are ways to better maximize the scheme's benefits.

23 Aug 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yeshi Tadesse, a mother of six, seems an unlikely proponent of family planning as a solution to climate change. But the Ethiopian villager in her 30s speaks eloquently of the linkages between the two issues.

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24 Dec 2012 description

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:15 GMT

  • ONLF representative seeks talks in Addis Adaba

  • Further sign of rebel weakening, splits

  • Ogaden region has oil and gas potential

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - A faction of a separatist rebel group said on Sunday it was seeking peace talks with the Ethiopian government, a development that could help stabilise a region with potential reserves of oil and gas.

09 Oct 2012 description

Tue, 9 Oct 2012 00:01 GMT

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa is at only 10 to 25 percent of its potential and nations can easily grow more to limit hunger, price shocks and political instability, a study showed on Tuesday.

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18 Apr 2012 description

By Kirubel Tadesse

SENDAFA, Ethiopia (AlertNet) – Farmers in Ethiopia struggling to cope with unpredictable weather related to climate change have gained access to a trove of meteorological data through a new government website.

The geographically precise information, culled from local records and combined with satellite measurements, may enable them to spot trends in changing weather patterns to improve their crop yields.

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10 Apr 2012 description

By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May, a group co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof said on Tuesday.

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17 Mar 2012 description

17 Mar 2012 14:08

  • Ethiopia announced previous attack on Thursday

  • Eritrea says will not be "entrapped" by incursion (Adds background)

ADDIS ABABA, March 17 (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops carried out more attacks on Ethiopian rebels inside Eritrea on Saturday, a day after Eritrea called for U.N. action against its neighbour for a previous incursion.

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11 Nov 2011 description
  • Deaths of children under five stood at 20 pct in 1990

  • Figure reduced to 8.8 pct in 2011

  • Ethiopia faces yearly droughts, 4.5 mln affected this year

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Ethiopia has more than halved its child mortality rates since 1990 through campaigns to increase the number of health workers and clinics throughout the country, government and aid officials said on Friday.

16 Jul 2011 description

(Corrects figure in 12th para for number of refugees in Dadaab to 380,000 from 440,000, after an official correction by UNHCR)

  • Outbreak not confined to refugees

  • Horn of Africa at risk of disease due drought, movements

  • U.N. refugee agency planning airlift of aid and tents

By Stephanie Nebehay

02 Jul 2011 description
  • Two refugees reported dead, 13 injured
  • Somali refugees increase in Kenya, Ethiopia

By Daud Yussuf

GARISSA, Kenya, July 1 (Reuters) - Two people were killed when riots broke out at a refugee camp in north eastern Kenya when authorities sought to demolish temporary housing, a U.N. official and residents said on Friday.

18 May 2011 description
  • Government, ONLF rebels blame each other

  • Somali Region ravaged by drought, facing food crisis

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, May 18 (Reuters) - The United Nations has suspended food distribution in Ethiopia's drought-stricken Somali Region after gunmen killed one UN worker and injured another in an ambush on a U.N. convoy last week.

The ethnic Somali province, more commonly known as the Ogaden, is home to a low-key insurgency led by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which has fought for independence since 1984.