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01 May 2016 description
report Mercy Corps

Chronic violence and instability in the Horn of Africa have spurred major investments in resilience in the hopes of preventing future humanitarian crises. Yet how best to build resilience in conflict contexts remains unclear. Mercy Corps began tackling these issues through previous research that demonstrated that peacebuilding interventions can have positive effects on pastoralists’ abilities to cope with and adapt to severe drought.

21 Jan 2016 description

Highlights

• In December 2015, the overall year-on-year inflation rate was 10%; the food inflation rate was higher, at12.1%. Non-food inflation rate stood at 7.7. Regionally, there were wide disparities: the highest inflation rate was recorded in Afar (15.6%), followed by Addis Ababa and Oromia (12.5%), Gambella (12.4%) and the lowest inflation rate was in SNNP (5.4%).

16 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 733,644 Total number of refugees

  • 39,273 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

  • 49.6% Percentage of women and girls

  • 57.4% Percentage of Children

Population of concern-updated

A total of 733,644 of concern
(As of 31December 2015)

Funding

USD 318.9 million requested

UNHCR Presence

15 Jan 2016 description

ADDIS ABABA – A recent contribution by the Czech Republic allows the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide specialized nutritious food to 8,000 children and mothers in drought-affected areas of Ethiopia for three months.

15 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in decades, with over 10.2 million people requiring food aid in 2016. An estimated 435,000 children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and more than 1.7 million children, pregnant and lactating women with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) will require supplementary feeding.

  • As of October 2015, UNICEF has supported the treatment of 291,214 under-five children suffering severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with a cure rate of 88 per cent.

09 Jan 2016 description

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) provides 6.6 million ETB worth emergency supplementary food and non-food items to drought affected people from December 16-20, 2015 in Bidu and Eldar districts of Afar Regional State.

In Bidu district, ERCS distributed supplementary food items to 2,292 drought victims and among these 1,755 are malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. In addition, in Eldar district 230 victims received non- food items and 402 individuals have got supplementary food items.

08 Jan 2016 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2016

01 Jan 2016 description

Major food security Emergency expected through 2016

Key Messages

  • The ongoing El Niño contributing to the worst drought in more than 50 years in Ethiopia has led to well below average Meher harvests in most eastern cropping areas. It has also contributed to massive livestock deaths, poor livestock body conditions and very low livestock production in Afar and northern parts of Somali Region. Between January and March 2016, large populations in the east of the country will experience very significant food consumption gaps.

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.