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
Most read reports
- The Crisis Below the Headlines: Conflict Displacement in Ethiopia
- Ethiopia to vaccinate more than 1 million people against yellow fever
- Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Ethiopia - Round 13: September - October 2018
- Ethiopia – Eritrean Refugee Influx (DG ECHO, UNHCR, NRC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 26 September 2018)
- Ethiopia Food Security Outlook, October 2018 to May 2019
Written by Kristin Myers
Nyakoun Tut’s quiet rural life was turned upside down by conflict. Now a refugee of war, our 360° video tells the story of her journey to hope.
Nyakoun Tut is just 24, yet little in her young life has been easy. The mother of two lives in a refugee camp in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, just across the border from her home country, South Sudan.
El Niño has brought devastating drought to much of Ethiopia, and with as many as 70 million people reliant on rain-fed agriculture, immediate help is needed and lives are in the balance.
A uniquely vulnerable landscape
Ethiopia has come a very long way since the haunting images of starvation caused by drought that were broadcast to the world by the BBC three decades ago.
Many farmers in rural Ethiopia are over-reliant on a single crop. To combat this problem, Concern Worldwide introduced Ibre Seid and his community to the potato crop. The results have been amazing!
New crops desperately needed
Ibre Seid claims he was the first person in his community to taste a potato and this could very well be true.
The potato is not a crop traditionally grown in the area of Gelsha, where Ibre lives. But, new crops were desperately needed. People were relying on one crop, barley, which was dependent on rain.
Concern Worldwide has been helping communities in Gelsha, Ethiopia to cope with persistent flooding. Now, thanks to training in new farming techniques, people like Lubaba can grow enough food to feed their families.
In the rural highlands of Ethiopia, people depend on agriculture to feed their families and earn a living. However, increasingly erratic rainfall patterns are causing problems for farmers.
Posted by Alan O'Reilly
Aster's baby daughter Dinkersh was diagnosed with severe malnutrition. Her life was in danger until, at a local health centre supported by Concern Worldwide, she got the treatment she needed. She has now made a full recovery.
Dinkersh, their youngest child, became ill in August this year. An outreach worker that was trained by us identified her as being malnourished. She was referred to a local health centre which had been equipped by Concern. There, she got the help she needed.
- Introduction The political environment of the country has continued relatively consistent and stable since the sudden death of Prime Minister Zenawi, who has been leading the country for twenty-one years. In what is described by the United States government, for example, as ‘historic, peaceful, and constitutional’ transition (Reporter1), Hailemariam Dessalegn, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, was sworn in as the new Prime Minister to serve until the next election in 2015.
In 2011, East Africa was hit by the worst drought in over 60 years. A new report looks back at our emergency response programme in Ethiopia at this time.
Below is an excerpt from this report.
By Siobhan Sheerin, Program Support Officer, Concern Ethiopia
I have been in Ethiopia for almost three months now, working for Concern Worldwide, but sadly, I’ll soon be saying goodbye to Addis Ababa and returning home.
In Ethiopia, Concern Worldwide’s charity work includes a programme that informs women about ways to prevent childhood malnutrition.
G20 countries attending a key development meeting in South Africa today (Wed) must call for the urgent release of promised funds to stop more people from going hungry as food prices skyrocket once again, says the UK Hunger Alliance.
The coalition of international aid agencies says that money should be made available to countries most vulnerable to food insecurity in a new report entitled: Tackling the High Food Price Challenge.
The Ethiopian government yesterday appealed for more than $121 million to feed 6.2 million people at risk of hunger.
As drought and food shortages hit Ethiopia, Concern Worldwide is working with the government and other partners to provide emergency assistance.
Thousands of families
We are providing food to over 21,000 malnourished mothers and children in Amhara, SNNPR and Oromiya regions.
The number of children receiving treatment for severe malnutrition in these areas has risen.
Last year, the most severe drought in decades, along with failed rains and skyrocketing food costs, plunged parts of Ethiopia into a dire food crisis, placing 6.4 million people in need of immediate emergency assistance.
This year, the most severe drought in decades, along with failed rains and skyrocketing food costs, plunged parts of Ethiopia into a dire food crisis, placing 4.6 million people in need of immediate emergency assistance. Combined with the nearly 5.7 million impoverished people in Ethiopia who were already in need of food aid before the drought, the current crisis is affecting almost 10 million people-close to 13 percent of the population.
Concern Worldwide has received a generous donation of ?50,000 from Ethiopiaid towards Concern?s emergency nutrition response in the Gurage Zone of Ethiopia.
Ethiopiaid is an organisation aiming to create lasting and positive change in Ethiopia by tackling the problems of poverty, ill health and poor education.
In parts of Ethiopia, right now, 4.3 million people are at risk of starvation. Concern are trying to help thousands of children and their families by providing urgently-needed food and healthcare.
In parts of Ethiopia, right now, 4.3 million people are at risk of starvation. We are trying to help thousands of children and their families by providing urgently-needed food and healthcare.
Children like Abraham, who is pictured below right, are suffering.
Abraham Awdiro is a one-year old boy that was brought to our clinic on 4 June 2008 , He weighed in at 4.2kg (9lbs). He is now receiving lifesaving care. Aine Fay, June 2008.
Other children such as Assnaku are also suffering.
Concern Worldwide says the food crisis in parts of Ethiopia is critical and that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian disaster. More than 4.5 million Ethiopians are in need of emergency assistance as a result of serious food shortages and rising levels of malnutrition.
Tens of thousands of children are already suffering from acute malnutrition and illness.
Drought has returned to Ethiopia and is severely affecting a huge amount of the country's rural population. Concern's Laura O'Mahony spoke to some farmers who, despite being used to regular droughts, say they have never seen anything like this year's situation.The tall trees lining the route sway in the light breeze. Yukka and cactus plants form boundaries for the small farms dotting the countryside. Purple jacaranda and crimson bougainvillea are in bloom. But the scene is deceptive. Climate change is making its mark on this beautiful landscape.
Several countries are experiencing riots and protests over the global phenomenon of rising food prices. The urban poor in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, are among those suffering badly.
Ethiopia's most famous food - ingeera - is eaten by rich and poor alike. The grey spongy-like flat bread, eaten with a variety of sauces, forms part of the staple diet but can also be found in the best Ethiopian restaurants anywhere in the world.
It is made from 'teff', the very fine white grain indigenous to the Horn of Africa. In the past year, teff has doubled in price.
The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund of California has awarded Concern Worldwide a grant of $350,000 to support its health programs in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda that identify and treat children suffering from severe malnutrition. Since its establishment in 1951, the Goldman Fund has contributed more than $500 million to a variety of charitable causes. Founder Richard N. Goldman said of the contribution, "As a foundation, we have the ability to fund initiatives we believe can help change the world, leaving it a better place than when we found it.
Up to 1.8 million people have been affected by floods in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
This region in the Horn of Africa suffers from severe extremes in weather.