Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Maps & Infographics
Most read reports
- Ethiopia Food Security Outlook, October 2018 to May 2019
- The Crisis Below the Headlines: Conflict Displacement in Ethiopia
- Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 67 | 29 October - 11 November 2018
- Ethiopia – Eritrean Refugee Influx (DG ECHO, UNHCR, NRC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 26 September 2018)
- Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 66 | 15 - 28 October 2018
On Monday 13 June, Irish Aid airlifted 23 tonnes of emergency relief items to families displaced by recent flooding in Ethiopia.
The El Niño weather event, one of the strongest ever measured, has caused unpredictable and severe weather conditions in Ethiopia. The country has experienced its worst drought in decades. Food production has declined dramatically, and the food and nutrition security situation in many parts of Ethiopia has deteriorated significantly. Over 10 million people are in need of assistance.
Minister Charles Flanagan, MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2016,
- Ireland has now contributed €9.1 million emergency humanitarian relief for Ethiopian crisis
- Ministers acknowledge the scale of the humanitarian crisis and the leadership role played by the Ethiopian Government
The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.
“As world leaders discuss climate change at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, we bring you stories of Irish Aid’s work to help poor communities tackle the effects of climate change”
Lake Hawassa and its surrounding area in southern Ethiopia has suffered from environmental damage and climate change, with its soil, water and forest resources damaged by the expansion of agricultural land. An Irish Aid supported programme is helping to restore damaged land, to the benefit of over 40,000 locals, including small farmers and landless youth.
23/12/14 MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2014,
The Government is to provide funding of €2 million to aid agencies responding to the worsening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today. The funding will be used to provide clean water and to tackle hunger among vulnerable communities in South Sudan and in refugee camps across the border, in Ethiopia.
The Government is to provide €2 million to aid agencies responding to the deepening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.
The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., begins a five-day visit to Ethiopia on Monday (23 January) to see the impact of Ireland’s development programme.
Minister Costello will visit schools, health centres and agriculture projects which are supported by Ireland and targeted at the poorest communities in Ethiopia.
The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced €250,000 in emergency funding to provide food, water and shelter to thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing violence.
Minister O’Sullivan said Ireland would provide funding to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to support its efforts to provide emergency care to those arriving in refugee camps in western Ethiopia.
The Tánaiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has called on the international community to find a long term solution to the famine in the Horn of Africa.
Speaking at an international summit at the United Nations in New York (full statement below), which was opened by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the Tánaiste stressed the importance of breaking the cycle of famine in the Horn of Africa, where more than 85,000 people have died this year as the result of a long-running drought.
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, today responded rapidly to the emerging food crisis in Ethiopia with the announcement of €1.35 million in humanitarian assistance.
Figures released by the Ethiopian Government yesterday (October 22) indicate that the number of people in need of emergency food relief has risen to 6.2 million.
Commenting on the crisis, Minister Power said:
"I am deeply concerned about the increase in the number of Ethiopians facing food shortages.
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., is in Ethiopia to see first hand the fight against hunger. As a result of rainfall failure, poor crop production and high food prices, last year 13.8 million Ethiopians (over 18% of the population) suffered from food shortages. Minister Power's visit focuses on Ireland's assistance, particularly for the Tigray region where we support a wide range of projects to increase food production and promote rural livelihoods.
'Sharply escalating global food prices and the developing humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia are matters for the deepest concern'
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern T.D.,
Christian Aid welcomes today's (06 April 06) announcement by Minister of State for Development, Mr. Conor Lenihan TD, of additional funding for its East Africa Emergency work.
The UN estimates that 11 million people across eastern Africa are in desperate need of food and water. There are reports of people dying of thirst.
Minister of State Lenihan announces an additional €2 million in funding for Horn of Africa drought crisis
David Andrews to report to Government on his visit to the region
Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced that he is making available €2 million in addition to the €5 million already allocated earlier this year in response to the serious drought crisis affecting Kenya and other countries in the Horn of Africa.
East Africa Food Crisis
More than 30 million people across Africa are going hungry, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). Currently, East Africa is the worst hit region primarily due to the failure of the last rains. Within this region, some 11 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in need of food aid. Of these, approximately 6.5 million are on the brink of starvation and in need of immediate assistance to ensure survival.
Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance, Mr Tom Kitt TD today left for Ethiopia. The purpose of Minister Kitt's visit is to view directly the extent of the famine gripping the country at this time and to determine how Ireland can continue to optimally respond to the ongoing crisis. Ireland contributed €2.45 million in food aid and emergency drought assistance to Ethiopia in 2002.
Following on from the recent commitment of €2 million to famine relief in Ethiopia, the Minister of State with responsibility for Ireland Aid, Mr. Tom Kitt TD, today announced a Government emergency humanitarian package of over €5 million for a number of growing crises in Africa and Asia.
€1.6 million of this assistance has been earmarked to alleviate the famine situation developing in the Southern Africa region.
Allocation of €2 million Government food aid package announced - Minister Kitt to visit Ethiopia.
The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights, Tom Kitt TD, today allocated €2 million for emergency food aid for Ethiopia. The Minister's announcement comes after he held urgent discussions with leading Irish non-governmental organisations regarding the growing food crisis which threatens up to 14 million people in Ethiopia.
The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Liz O'Donnell T.D., will visit Ethiopia from Tuesday 2 May to Sunday 7 May 2000 for urgent consultations on the humanitarian situation there. The Minister of State will discuss the critical logistical situation with Government representatives, including the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Girma Biru, and the Acting World Food Programme Director, Mr. Benedict Fultang. "Logistics are extremely important for food availablility", she said today.
Says Government committed to reaching UN targets on overseas aid.
The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Liz O'Donnell TD, has announced an additional allocation of =A31.5m. towards emergency humanitarian aid in Ethiopia.
Speaking in the Dail tonight, the Minister said =A31m. was being re-allocated from a fund for long-term projects in Ethiopia to address the current needs.
"This is a once-off measure to ease the plight of those most affected and to prevent the current unacceptable situation from developing into a major disaster.