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
- 700,000 people flee conflict to seek safety in Somali region of Ethiopia
- The Crisis Below the Headlines: Conflict Displacement in Ethiopia
- UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #10 – Reporting Period: October 2018
- Ethiopia - Council conclusions (19 November 2018)
- Ethiopia to vaccinate more than 1 million people against yellow fever
Over 20,000 people in Ethiopia will receive life-saving emergency aid after Irish Aid today delivered 118 tonnes of aid to Trócaire.
Our team in Ethiopia received the aid – valued at €500,000 – today and will immediately begin distributing it to over 20,000 people who have been displaced by violence in the Moyale region. The aid is mostly made-up of shelter, kitchen sets and hygiene kits.
July 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of Trócaire's emergency appeal in response to the crisis in East Africa. Trócaire has been able to respond to the crisis providing water, food and funds to 75,000 people.
July 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of Trócaire's emergency appeal in response to the crisis in East Africa.
This appeal responded to the threat of famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. A combination of drought and conflict left almost 25 million people facing severe food shortages.
By Liz Evers
Fundraising appeal has helped Trócaire scale up its efforts in East African countries where drought situation continues to deteriorate.
For several months now, the East African countries of Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya have been experiencing the devastating impacts of prolonged drought. Over 26 million people in the affected regions are now severely food insecure.
Trócaire has been engaged in a relief effort with fellow humanitarian agencies, funding partners and local organisations to support the most vulnerable and worst impacted.
Samson Haileyesus from CST Together (joint office of Catholic agencies CAFOD, SCIAF and Trócaire) reports from Borana in the Oromia Region of southern Ethiopia where livelihoods have been devastated by three consecutive droughts.
The atmosphere is sombre at the office of the Dembi Peasants’ Association in Borana, just 27 kilometres from the border with Kenya.
The village elders have gathered to discuss how they can get by after experiencing three droughts in three consecutive years.
Mary Robinson arrives in Honduras today, where she will visit Trócaire projects that are helping families overcome the disastrous impacts of the El Nino drought.
Honduras is the most vulnerable country in the world to the effects of climate change. There are currently over 1.3 million people in the country at risk of food shortages due to drought.
Between 1980 and 2014, Honduras was affected by more than 50 natural disasters, resulting in 15,548 deaths. Annual economic losses due to climatic events are estimated at US$667 million (2.6% of GDP).
Blue skies may be top of an Irish person’s wish list for the summer, but in Ethiopia months of dry heat make it difficult for people to grow food to survive.
The changing climate has led to longer dry spells, with rain falling intermittently, if at all.
For people like Philpos Funto (32), blue skies and dry soil can lead to empty plates and hungry stomachs.
“Many people run out of crops and food in March and April and have to wait until the following harvest season which is in September and October,” he says.
Posted by Justin Kilcullen
I will never forget the shocking scenes I witnessed in east Africa last summer. Mothers, fathers and children left facing days on end with no food, weak from hunger and desperate in the knowledge that it would be months before the rains came.
There was a hopelessness in people’s eyes as they stared out at their barren land and empty animal pens. Drought had deprived them of food, of animals, of income. They were left with nothing.
Massive up-scaling of feeding and health programmes underway
Trocaire will spend €7.5m responding to the east Africa food crisis in 2011, after donations from the Irish public surpassed the €5m mark. With the lives of 12.4 million people in the region in danger, Trocaire will use money from the Irish public to dramatically increase food distribution over the coming weeks as the emergency deepens.
Chronic food and water shortages in northern Kenya are fuelling inevitable conflict between communities as groups compete for the ever-decreasing resources available, Trocaire has warned.
With most animals in the region having died and water sources having completely dried-up, desperation is fuelling conflict as communities attempt to survive. Disputes over access to water and theft of the few remaining healthy animals are now commonplace, with over 50 people having been killed in conflict along the Kenya-Ethiopia border over the last three months alone.
A Trócaire-supported project in Ethiopia is helping to alleviate the impact of drought through an innovative scheme aimed at getting local people to work.
The Action for Development (AFD) scheme, which is supported by Trócaire, CAFOD and SCIAF, employs local people on restoration projects, giving them the means to reinvest in much-needed seed and agricultural equipment.
The employment has acted as a lifeline for local farmers who had suffered a particularly poor harvest as a result of drought.
Trócaire has warned against further cuts to an already decimated overseas aid budget, saying that Ireland should not abandon its commitment to the world's poorest people.
Ireland's overseas aid budget has been reduced by an incredible 27 per cent, or €249, since 2008.
When imagining a drought affected area, stretches of arid, dusty land is what comes to mind.
Yet much of West Arsi zone in Southern Ethiopia is deceptively green.
To mark World Refugee Day this week, June 20, we look at a Sudanese family who made it back home after seven long years of exile.
Sudan's civil war between the North and the South lasted for 22 years from 1983 to 2005.
Millions of people, including children, babies and the elderly, are facing a potentially major food crisis in the coming months in south and western Ethiopia.
The erratic rains in April led to crop failures and a critical lack of grazing land in pastoralist areas. The consequences of the drought combined with rising food prices in Ethiopia have left up to 4.5 million in need of emergency food aid and 75,000 children severely malnourished.
During the drought, Trocaire first responded though its partners SOS Sahel and AFD delivering clean water to populations in need.
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt TD, today approved up to one million euro in emergency relief funding to help flood victims in Ghana and Uganda. Ghana and Uganda are two of the countries worst affected by the recent floods in Africa.
The Horn of Africa is currently in the grip of a crisis threatening the lives of millions of people across the region. The seven countries in the Horn - Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan - have a combined population of 160 million people, almost half of whom live in areas which suffer from chronic food shortages.
Trócaire has repeated its call for urgent intervention by the international community as the food crisis in the Horn of Africa becomes even more alarming, with an estimated 11 million people in the region now in need of food aid.
The Horn of Africa comprises a number of countries on the east coast including Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Failed rains in the region have resulted in a severe drought with Kenya and Somalia being the worst affected at present.