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 - 2015-2019
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Most read reports
- UNHCR welcomes Ethiopia law granting more rights to refugees
- Multi-dimensional Child Deprivation in Ethiopia - First National Estimates
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Applauds Ethiopia’s New Refugee Law
- Operational Plan for Rapid Response: Internal Displacement around Kamashi and Assosa (Benishangul Gumuz) and East and West Wollega (Oromia), 26 December 2018
- UN Entities Support Ethiopia’s Quest for Policy Coherence for SDGs
CHF International’s Asset Building Group methodology is an approach to rapid economic recovery and development that has become increasingly integrated into CHF’s East Africa portfolio. Developed by CHF’s Economic Development Unit and the Office of Humanitarian Assistance as an approach for group based economic development in both a local livelihoods and disaster assistance and relief contexts, the Asset Building Group (ABG) methodology provides a group of households with a productive asset as a means of stabilizing incomes and providing a basis for income generation and future growth.
I. Executive Summary
CHF International is a Silver Spring based international development organization founded in 1952 that works in conflict-affected and developing countries. They partner with communities around the world to help them to direct the improvement of their lives and livelihoods. Its Director of Humanitarian Assistance, Courtney Brown answered a few questions about the organization’s work in the Horn of Africa.
People must be able to access what they need through the market rather than indefinite quantities of international humanitarian aid.
I first met Omar Adan in August, not too long after he had lost more than 300 sheep, camels and donkeys to the on-going drought in Ethiopia.
Septmeber 27, 2011—CHF is currently working in the most drought-prone and insecure region of Ethiopia – the Somali state, which is located in the country’s southeastern corner bordering Somalia. Through the USAID-funded SHAPE program (Sustainable Humanitarian Assistance Program for Ethiopia), CHF has been helping drought-affected and food-insecure communities to increase their assets and improve their livelihoods.
Years of drought in Ethiopia have resulted in displacement and economic vulnerability among agro-pastoral communities who depend on livestock for their income. CHF International has been working in Ethiopia since 2004 to mitigate chronic food insecurity and complex emergencies by focusing on livelihood security and income generation.
For the last year, Mrs. Fatima Ali has been living in the Somali region of Ethiopia with her pastoral community. She had no choice but to drink water directly from unprotected shallow wells and the Shabele river.
While the world's attention has been fixed on catastrophes in Burma and China, a severe drought and food crisis has emerged in Ethiopia that is affecting 4.6 million people according to a joint Government-Partners appeal.
Belaynesh Alemu is a resident of Siltie Woreda (district) in Gerbiber village. She became a single mother two years ago, which left her without any income to support her five children. To make ends meet, she moved in with her mother and began selling sugarcane and Areki, a local type of alcohol, for subsistence.
The consequences of the 2003 drought conditions that affected close to 14 million people severely impacted the ability of rural communities to respond and recover, despite improved humanitarian conditions. Ethiopia continues to suffer from the effects of this difficult situation today.
Since CHF International began working in Ethiopia in April 2004, we have established ourselves as a leader in mitigating chronic food insecurity and complex emergencies, by focusing on livelihood recovery and income generation.
For the last year, Mrs. Fatima Ali has been living in the Somali region of Ethiopia with her pastoral community. She had no choice but to drink water directly from unprotected shallow wells and the Shabele river. She knew nothing of water treatment and water purification systems, and she and her family suffered from diarrhea and other water borne diseases as a result.
I. Executive Summary
This summary report is the result of a research effort conducted by CHF - Partners in Rural Development and coordinated by the Canadian Network of NGOs in Ethiopia (CANGO) to assess the factors that contribute to the vulnerability and resilience of communities and households in rural Ethiopia. The overall purpose of this study is to provide insights on how best to promote self-resiliency for the chronically food insecure, both at the household and community levels.
Enset, also known as the false banana, has been perhaps the least studied domesticated crop in Africa, but new research shows that it may provide a key resource for guarding against famine. The "Tree against Hunger," enset, not only is nutritious, but can be harvested at any time and stored for long periods. Moreover, enset can survive stresses that reduce other food sources, and it tends to enrich rather than deplete soil as do other crops.
Too little rainfall had been causing catastrophic droughts in Ethiopia since the 1970s.
Overcoming Famine and Drought
Three years after severe drought conditions affected close to 14 million Ethiopians, rural communities are still struggling to recover. Despite improved humanitarian conditions, poor agricultural habits and dangerously depleted natural resources have compounded the issues leading to chronic drought in many parts of the country.
Since CHF International began working in Ethiopia in April 2004, we have established ourselves as a leader in mitigating complex emergencies by focusing on livelihood recovery and employment generation.
AWASSA: CHF (Community Habitat Finance) International, a US-based international organization, announced the launch of project that will support the government productive safety net program in seven weredas (districts) in the Southern Nation Nationality and People's Region (SNNPR).
In the southern region of Ethiopia, communities have suffered from harsh drought conditions for decades. Most households depend on cash and food assistance programs for survival. As a result, life expectancy rates are decreasing rapidly, children are malnourished, and most have little hope for the future.