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23 Jul 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 23 July 2018 16:12 GMT

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign donors must come forward to support Ethiopia and Eritrea after the long-time arch rivals ended a war which spanned two decades and hampered efforts to improve the lives of millions of people, a top United Nations official said on Monday.

22 Jun 2018 description

Critics say the government needs to do more to ensure the safe return of a million Ethiopians displaced by conflict

By Tom Gardner

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Early one morning, Aschal Zegeye and her young family heard a knock at the door. Her husband answered it. Shortly after he was dead.

"They took him outside and slaughtered him," the 25 year-old mother of two told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a church shelter in the city of Bahir Dar.

18 Jan 2018 description

"Needs have gone through the roof for the whole of the humanitarian system, and donors really can't keep up with these increased needs."

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cuts in food rations for 1.5 million refugees in east Africa, due to funding shortages, could increase school dropouts, crime and malnutrition, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

20 Dec 2017 description

Savings groups are helping farmers - particularly women - get through bad times when harvests are lost

By Elias Gebreselassie

GANTA KANACHAMA, Ethiopia, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workinesh Denda, a stocky middle-aged woman, arranges hand-made stoves in a neat line in a small shop in Ganta Kanachama village, in southern Ethiopia.

13 Nov 2017 description

By Elias Gebreselassie

ARGOBA, Ethiopia, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a spear and undeterred by the intense sunlight, Tarekegn Kareto meticulously plucks weeds in his maize field in Argoba village, in southern Ethiopia.

"With both dry weather and unusually heavy rains hitting us in the past year, I've lost over half of my harvest of maize and sorghum," he said, pausing to wipe sweat off his forehead.

23 Aug 2017 description

Tigray has managed to improve soil and water conservation, and closed off 1.2 mln hectares of land to allow plants to regrow

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major project to restore land in Ethiopia's Tigray Region to boost millions of people's ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world's best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.

04 Jul 2017 description

by Elias Gebreselassie | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 10:53 GMT

Forests can provide more stable water, harvests and jobs - but rural population growth make protecting them a challenge, officials say

By Elias Gebreselassie

CHILIMO, Ethiopia, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.

26 Jun 2017 description

by Elias Gebreselassie

Insurance is only part of the answer, but it is easing losses from drought for herders in southern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 26 June 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For pastoralists like Jilo Datecha, the persistent drought afflicting southern Ethiopia’s Borena zone has made the prospects for earning a living grim.

13 Jun 2017 description

Consecutive failed rains have led to widespread crop failures

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Food rations for 7.8 million Ethiopians are due to run out in July due to funding shortages, while neighbouring Somalia is on the verge of its second famine in six years.

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

07 Apr 2017 description

by Megan Rowling

"The ones who benefit most from adaptation are the most vulnerable, the most marginalised, the poorest"

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Green Climate Fund, set up to channel billions of dollars to help poor countries tackle climate change, came under fire on Thursday over its choice of which projects to back, as activists said it was overlooking the needs of the most vulnerable people.

15 Mar 2017 description

More than 16 million people do not know where their next meal will come from and children risk dying from starvation.

by Daniel Wesangula

NAIROBI, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British Olympic champion Mo Farah is supporting a charity appeal, launched on Wednesday, for more than 16 million people facing starvation in East Africa, including Somalia where he was born.

06 Mar 2017 description

Almost 13 million people across the Horn of Africa need aid due to drought
By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, March 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of drought-stricken Ethiopians needing food, water and emergency medical care are not receiving it due to funding shortages, the United Nations said, warning the crisis will worsen if spring rains fail as predicted.

Some 5.6 million people need food aid in the Horn of Africa nation, which has been hit by a series of back-to-back droughts.

04 Feb 2017 description

by Thomson Reuters Foundation | @katymigiro | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Saturday, 4 February 2017 16:31 GMT

Islamist group Al Shabaab deny refugees have fled areas they are occupying

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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Feb 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of malnourished Somali women and children are fleeing into Ethiopia to escape Islamist militants who are taxing them and seizing their food, animals and land, the United Nations said on Friday, amid fears of renewed famine.

29 Sep 2016 description

by Pius Sawa

Nationwide survey of soil conditions is leading to more effective use of fertilisers and could boost food security

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A comprehensive digital map charting soil fertility in Ethiopia is proving an important tool in tackling the country's low farm productivity, a challenge made more acute by climate change.

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09 May 2016 description

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, May 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Over the years, Ethiopian mother-of-three Hana Mekonnen has received all sorts of aid designed to free her from the bitter trap of poverty and hunger: goats, cash transfers, resettlement and, of course, sacks of grain.

None has worked.

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03 Apr 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:00 GMT

Author: Fasika Tadesse

KONSO, Ethiopia, March 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is the seventh consecutive year that Deneke Degaga, a father of eight, is facing a crop failure.

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25 Jan 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:49 GMT

Author: Katy Migiro

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Jan 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 350,000 babies are expected to be born by August into severe food shortages in Ethiopia's worst drought in 50 years, the charity Save the Children said, urging leaders to raise the alarm at the African Union summit this week.

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21 Jan 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:26 GMT

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donors are not responding fast enough to an "unprecedented" drought in Ethiopia, where over 400,000 children under five are severely malnourished despite strong economic growth and big development gains over the last decade, aid agencies said.

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