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17 Aug 2011 description
report Oxfam

La COALITION HUMANITAIRE exprime sa gratitude envers l’Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI) du gouvernement du Canada pour sa contribution de 8,5 millions de dollars aux efforts de secours en Éthiopie, au Kenya et en Somalie annoncée aujourd’hui.

Les fonds, qui constituent une part de ce que s’était engagé à verser le gouvernement du Canada pour soutenir les efforts humanitaires dans la Corne de l’Afrique, seront remis à trois des cinq membres de la COALITION HUMANITAIRE : CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada et Plan Canada.

12 Aug 2011 description
report Oxfam

Boeing 747 freighter carrying Oxfam and UNICEF cargo flies from Stansted

British Airways is flying a relief aircraft full of emergency supplies and equipment to East Africa, where over 12 million people are at risk from famine, disease and drought.

03 Aug 2011 description
report Oxfam

East Africa is facing the worst food crisis of the 21st Century. Across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, 12 million people are in dire need of food, clean water, and basic sanitation. Loss of life on a massive scale is a very real risk, and the crisis is set to worsen over the coming months, particularly for pastoralist communities.

05 Jul 2011 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam today launched its largest ever appeal in Africa in response to a massive food crisis facing more than 12 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The agency needs $80 million to reach 3 million people in dire need of clean water, food and basic sanitation.

13 May 2011 description
report Oxfam

Project executive summary

As climate change drives an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural hazards, the challenges faced by food-insecure communities struggling to improve their lives and livelihoods will also increase. Over 1 billion people are already hungry. Conservative projections indicate that unless there are significant efforts to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, and build climate resilience, over the next decade 100 million more people will become food insecure due in part to the adverse impacts of climate change.

04 Dec 2010 description

Cancun, Mexico - Oxfam and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced they are seeking $28 million from public and private investors for their ground-breaking five-year partnership to help poor rural people protect their crops and livelihoods from the impact of climate change.

The innovative new R4 partnership is based around the idea of managing 4 risks - community risk reduction, productive risk taking, risk transfer and risk reserves. R4 will address the communities most vulnerable to climate variability in Ethiopia and three other countries, starting in 2011.

21 Apr 2010 description
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Small-scale farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia are likely to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of climate change in the region, which will include increased poverty, water scarcity, and food insecurity, according to a new Oxfam report released today.

The international development agency's report, "The Rain Doesn't Come on Time Anymore: Poverty, Vulnerability, and Climate Variability in Ethiopia", was launched at a special Earth Day celebration organised by the Climate Change Forum-Ethiopia in collaboration with other environmental organisations.

20 Jan 2010 description

Background

A humanitarian emergency, by definition, requires immediate action, and for emergency actors to be able to respond they need access to quick and flexible funding.

22 Dec 2009 description
report Oxfam

Twenty-five years on from 1984 famine food aid remains knee-jerk reaction

International aid agency Oxfam today (22 October 2009) called for a radical shake-up in the way the world deals with food crises in Ethiopia and beyond. The agency rounded on what it called a "knee-jerk reaction" to food crises which is dominated by sending food aid. While the agency recognised that sending food aid does save lives, the dominance of this approach fails to offer long-term solutions which would break these cyclical and chronic crises.

22 Dec 2009 description
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Summary

In 1984, one million Ethiopians died during a catastrophic famine. The government at the time hid the scale of hunger until a shocking BBC television report ignited a massive relief effort, supported by the Band Aid movement. Though this was too late for too many, thousands of lives were saved.

The severity of suffering seen 25 years ago has not returned to Ethiopia. But, as we are seeing again this year, drought still plagues the country.

06 Nov 2009 description
report Oxfam

In the Ethiopian highlands of the North Shewa zone, where overgrazing has sucked the fertility from the soil, the ground around Jida can be spongy wet, making it difficult for families in the region to grow crops when the moisture rots their seeds.

But that's not their only problem.

Ironically, drought can be as big a concern as the water-logged plains.

22 Oct 2009 description
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Summary

In 1984, one million Ethiopians died during a catastrophic famine. The government at the time hid the scale of hunger until a shocking BBC television report ignited a massive relief effort, supported by the Band Aid movement. Though this was too late for too many, thousands of lives were saved.

The severity of suffering seen 25 years ago has not returned to Ethiopia. But, as we are seeing again this year, drought still plagues the country. Oxfam estimates that drought costs Ethiopia roughly $1.1bn a year - almost eclipsing the total annual overseas assistance to the country.

22 Oct 2009 description
report Oxfam

A lot has changed in the 25 years since a terrible famine killed about one million Ethiopians. But rural communities still face many problems and that's why investing in agriculture and rural development is so important.

by Guest blogger

Marc Cohen is Oxfam America's senior researcher on humanitarian policy and climate change.

22 Oct 2009 description
report Oxfam

Twenty-five years on from 1984 famine food aid remains knee-jerk reaction

International aid agency Oxfam today (22 October 2009) called for a radical shake-up in the way the world deals with food crises in Ethiopia and beyond. The agency rounded on what it called a "knee-jerk reaction" to food crises which is dominated by sending food aid.

28 Sep 2009 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam America is responding to the crisis with emergency assistance that includes food and cash-for-work programs that aim to help about 350,000 people.

Coco McCabe

Waves of erratic weather and poor crop production are cascading toward a new disaster in Ethiopia: 6.2 million Ethiopians are now facing hunger as a devastating drought grips East Africa. They are in need of immediate food assistance.

For families of herders and part-time farmers in the Oromiya and Tigray regions, the need is particularly acute. Malnutrition levels among the poorest of them have climbed above …

01 Sep 2009 description
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International response shamefully inadequate, says Oxfam

A total failure of the international community to deal effectively with the Somalia crisis and help end the war is resulting in a spiral of human suffering and exodus to neighbouring countries, warns international agency Oxfam.

10 Oct 2008 description
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Agency calls for rich countries to redouble the aid effort to avert disaster

The number of Ethiopians needing emergency assistance has leapt by 40 percent from 4.6 million to 6.4 million people since June, according to latest official figures from the United Nations and the Ethiopian government.

10 Jul 2008 description
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By Coco McCabe

4.6 million people now need emergency assistance as drought and high food prices take their toll.

The bones of emaciated cattle catch the sharp noon sun, casting shadows across their hides as they inch toward an old woman named Shitaye.

02 May 2008 description
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Livestock herders and the animals they depend on for survival are suffering through a dry spell.

By Coco McCabe

Drought often grips Ethiopia, but the latest stretch of dry months broken only by sparse rains has pushed many herders in several regions of the country to the brink of survival.

In April, the Ethiopian government announced that 2.18 million people now need emergency food assistance.

07 Mar 2008 description
report Oxfam

by Doe-e Berhanu

Two-hour treks to fetch water several times a day are now a thing of the past for some women in Ethiopia's Bacho district. New wells with hand pumps now provide clean drinking water that is nearby.

Ask any mother what she wants for her children and she will undoubtedly state that nothing less than the best will do for her precious ones. She is one to sacrifice everything in order to make sure that the needs of her children do not go unmet.

Alami Bera is one such woman living in Ethiopia's Bacho district, about 50 miles southwest of Addis Ababa.