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Oxfam GB Press Release - 13 November 2003
Stricken by poverty and hunger, over twelve million Ethiopians are in critical need of food and development aid.
The densely populated region of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) contains some of the major "hot spots" of the Ethiopian food crisis. The reasons for this are many and complex including farming practices and policies, population pressure and changes in the environment. Another is the decline in enset -- the false banana.
Tiringo lives with her husband and eight surviving children in the woreda (district) of Boloso Sore, in southern Ethiopia. Each month Tiringo receives "four buckets of wheat" from the government's general food ration, and 9 kilos of supplementary food for herself, as a lactating mother, and for Kekias, her ten-month-old child. Those targeted for supplementary food receive 4.5 kg each of Corn Soya Blend, though as Tiringo says, "I have another child in worse condition (than Kekias)." Several of Tiringo's children are suffering from diarrhea.
Background: The failure of the rains in Ethiopia during 2002 has left millions of people unable to meet their food needs, a crisis that will continue throughout 2003. The drought has also created an emergency in water needs. According to Oxfam's Water and Sanitation team, 72% of the water sources developed in Boloso Sore, in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), have dried out due to the low water table. Most of the natural streams and small rivers, the area's major water sources, have failed.
Oxfam works to develop long-term solutions to Ethiopia's recurrent food crises.
Oxfam's food-for-work program averts starvation and empowers communities to create lasting solutions to hunger and poverty.
South of the East African Rift Valley, the low, hot plains of Ethiopia play host to a hardened people who have accepted drought periods and subsequent famines as the natural cycle of their lives.
Pipe and a few pumps make farming possible in an arid community.
Food crisis in Ethiopia puts millions at risk of starvation; drought and poverty require food aid, water, and long-term efforts to help impoverished communities.
Times are the hardest in living memory for Ethiopia's nomadic Afar people. Sarah Lowe spoke to Denise Nichols, Valerie Browning was interviewed in Afar by Australian documentary film-maker David Brill.
A report by Oxfam International today warned the international community that critical gaps exist in relief supplies needed for the 11 million people affected by drought in Ethiopia. The report, Ethiopia: Averting a Crisis urges donors to fill the critical gaps in the food pipeline that could leave 3.5 million - who have been severely weakened by the drought - without special higher protein food that they urgently need.
Critical gaps exist in the relief supplies needed for the 11 million people affected by drought in Ethiopia. Despite encouraging responses from donors over the past few months, Oxfam remains concerned that approximately half of the food required for 2003 still needs to be pledged and delivered to avert a crisis. Latest figures from the World Food Programme indicate that there is enough food pledged by the international community to cover urgent food requirements until June 2003. However beyond that date - 11 million people in Ethiopia face an uncertain future.