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General Situation during December 2005
Forecast until mid-February 2006

30 Dec 2005 description

NAIROBI, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Millions of people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia who need pasture and water for their livestock face acute food shortages because of poor rains, a U.S.-based monitoring unit said on Friday.

30 Dec 2005 description

BRUSSELS - With a contribution of a 4 million euros from ECHO for Pakistan today, the European Commission (EC) has provided its largest contribution since 1992 - some 214 million euros - to the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) operations around the globe in its effort to save lives and feed the hungry poor.

30 Dec 2005 description
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29 Dec 2005 description
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29 Dec 2005 description

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Western donors plan to withhold $375 million in aid from Ethiopia over the government's recent crackdown on opposition supporters, The Financial Times reported on Thursday.

29 Dec 2005 description
report UN News Service

The military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating Ethiopia and Eritrea remains 'tense and potentially volatile,' a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, which has been forced to relocate some staff because of Eritrean demands, said today.

Troop movements have been noticed on both the Ethiopian and Eritrean sides, an UNMEE spokesman told a press briefing in the region today.

29 Dec 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - Ninety low-cost housing units built by the German technical Cooperation (GTZ) with funding from the European Union (E.U.) have been handed over to displaced families in Ethiopia, the local press reported Thursday.

29 Dec 2005 description
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28 Dec 2005 description

(FEWS NET) issues periodic emergency alerts when a significant food security crisis is occurring, where portions of the population are now, or will soon become, extremely food insecure and face imminent famine.

28 Dec 2005 description
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28 Dec 2005 description


Weekly Introduction
Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead: April – June 2006

Northern Horn of Africa

Climatology is expected across most of the region, except locally over northwestern and southwestern Sudan, where there is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall locally over eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, and portions of Djibouti. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea

27 Dec 2005 description

PASTORAL AREAS ASSESSMENT TEAMS DEBRIEF

Findings from the meher pre-harvest emergency needs assessment in pastoralist areas were presented on 22 December. The debriefing focused on Afar and Somali regions, with some highlights on pastoralist area of Borena zone in Oromiya Region. The performance of the meher (karma) rains for Afar Region is reported to be normal in zones 1 and 3, partial in zones 4 and 5, and very low in zone 2.

27 Dec 2005 description

Eritrea and Ethiopia could face UN sanctions if they don't take steps to avert war.

By Abraham McLaughlin | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- On the surface, the reasons for rising tensions between the African nation of Ethiopia and its tiny neighbor, Eritrea, may seem trivial.