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31 Dec 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Dec 2015 description

Highlights of the findings:

  • In addition to 207, 566 beneficiaries identified in the HRD, about 54,860 people are currently in need of food in need in Sitti Zone.

  • More than 967,000 livestock are affected and need emergency feed and drug intervention.

31 Dec 2015 description

SUMMARY POINTS

  • Maize grain, was the single most traded commodity in the East Africa region in 2015 as depicted in Figure 1. There were also significant informal cross-border trade of dry beans, cooking bananas, locally produced rice, sorghum, sesame; imported sugar, wheat and flour.

  • Most of the primary staple food commodities were informally traded while a majority of the processed food commodities were formally traded in the region in 2015.

30 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

• The year-on-year general consumer price index in November has increased by 10%, thus increasing the cost of living compared to last year the same time. In November 2015, the food and beverages inflation rate stood at 11.5% while non-food inflation was 8.4%. Several food sub- groups showed year-on-year increase: bread and cereal (4.6%); oils and fats (11.2%); vegetable, pulses, potatoes and tubers (15.7%). Month-on-month, food and beverages inflation declined by 4.6%.

30 Dec 2015 description
report The Guardian

Aid agencies call for urgent action as failed harvests, stunted crops and soaring prices trigger widespread food shortages in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia

Aid agencies have warned that tens of millions of people in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia face severe hunger in the next six months following failed harvests, stunted crops and soaring prices of staple foods.

Read the full article on The Guardian

30 Dec 2015 description

‘2015 has been a dramatic year. Now, as the year draws to a close, we want the remainder of our humanitarian funding to be used in some of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, including the refugee crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

30 Dec 2015 description
report Oxfam

The effects of a super El Niño are set to put the world’s humanitarian system under an unprecedented level of strain in 2016 as it already struggles to cope with the fallout from conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere.

Oxfam estimates the El Niño weather system could leave tens of millions of people facing hunger, water shortages and disease next year if early action isn’t taken to prepare vulnerable people from its effects.

29 Dec 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Dec 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:01 GMT

Author: Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There's one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the new year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

29 Dec 2015 description
map ITHACA

According to FewsNet. following the worst drought in more than 50 years. a major food security emergency is ongoing in central and eastern Ethiopia. Rainfall in central and eastern Ethiopia was very poor during 2015. February to May Belg rains were erratic and well below average; and the subsequent June to September Kinemt rains started late and were also significantly below average. As a result. a major food security emergency is expected to persist through 2016.

28 Dec 2015 description

Key Issues

  • El Niño continues to strengthen with the sea surface temperature (SST) in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean registering +2.9 degree Celsius above normal as of 21 December, up from +2.8 degree Celsius on 14 December and from +2.7 degree Celsius three weeks ago.

  • Failing to address MAM cases will cause spikes in SAM cases, leading to more human suffering and costlier intervention months down the line.

23 Dec 2015 description

30 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

22 million PEOPLE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM FOOD INSECURITY IN EASTERN AFRICA

4.7 million PEOPLE AT RISK FROM ADVERSE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH EL NIÑO IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

4.2 million PEOPLE ALREADY AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO-RELATED DROUGHT IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Summary

23 Dec 2015 description

(Nairobi, 23 December 2015): The El Nino global climatic event has since May been the major driver of new humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa region. Enhanced rainfall continues in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, and persistent drought has been reported in parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, northern Uganda and in the north-western and north-eastern parts of Somalia.

23 Dec 2015 description

New humanitarian support from Britain will help millions of people facing a severe and escalating food crisis in Ethiopia.

Ongoing drought has left 18 million Ethiopians in urgent need of relief. Crop failure and the death of livestock have led to widespread food shortages. Many children face the risk of malnutrition and a lack of clean water is increasing the threat of disease.

The UN and Government of Ethiopia have launched an appeal for an additional £923 million for the response.

23 Dec 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Millions of people in Ethiopia are in need of humanitarian support as the drought in Ethiopia intensifies.

Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. The combination of the strong El Niño – a climate cycle that impacts on global weather patterns – and above average temperatures of the Indian Ocean mean that crops have failed, livestock have perished and people are facing devastating food shortages.

23 Dec 2015 description

Key messages

  • Ethiopia is currently experiencing a severe drought due to two consecutive poor rainy seasons. 10.2 million people are in need of emergency assistance. It is one of the countries most affected by the El Nino phenomenon.

22 Dec 2015 description

Snapshot 16–22 December 2015

Cameroon: 2.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. 2.4 million are in need of protection assistance, predominantly in the Far North Region. The government has reportedly urged men to join self-defence groups in the northern areas affected by Boko Haram. The same reports suggest the government has made provisions in its 2016 budget to support the self-defence groups.

22 Dec 2015 description
report CARE

More than 10 million people in Ethiopia are in need of emergency food assistance because of extreme drought caused by the global weather phenomenon El Nino, according to revised figures released by the Ethiopian government last week.

“Right now families in drought-stricken areas are about to exhaust all available resources to cope with the scarcity of food and water. There is no time to lose in ensuring that they get the assistance they need before it is too late.

21 Dec 2015 description

Key Issues

  • Cluster partners continue to increase response capacity with surge deployments.

  • More than 4,500MT of cereals is required to support small holder farmers with seed in 2016.

  • The relief food pipeline for early 2016 is significantly strained. The monthly commodity requirements for 10.2 million people are 173,595 MT of food.