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03 Jun 2019 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.

03 Jun 2019 description

Food insecurity intensifies despite late and erratic Gu/Gena/Belg season rainfall

Key Messages

30 May 2019 description

Parts of East Africa receive heavy late-season rainfall, while the western Gulf of Guinea region remains dry

  1. Continued belowaverage rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

  2. Below-normal rainfall since April has led to significant early-season deficits and abnormal dryness.

  3. Heavy rainfall along the coast of Kenya, southern Somalia, and Uganda has caused flooding.

30 May 2019 description

SECTOR UPDATE

  • The dry spell during the past months, late and erratic rains in the lowlands of Ethiopia (Somali, Afar and southern Oromia regions) had a significant impact on water and pasture availability, with more dry spells forecasted for the coming months. DRM-ATF member are still urged to advocate, mobilize funds and target their interventions towards animal feed and health during the next weeks and months in those mentioned regions.

30 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

As Ethiopia continues to undergo political transformation and democratization, conflict related displacement is reaching unprecedented numbers. As of March 2019, 3 million people, including 1.6 million children, were displaced; and Ethiopia has the second highest number of refugees and asylum seekers in Africa at 920,000. The peace agreement signed with Eritrea led to more than 14,000 new arrivals between September and October 2018, and a continued influx is expected for 2019.

30 May 2019 description

The devastating impact on agriculture of consecutive years of drought in Ethiopia is undisputed. While the forecasts for above average rainfall in 2019 in many parts of Ethiopia provide welcome relief, this does not mean agriculture partners can be complacent; particularly in the lowlands where the bulk of natural hazard affected communities and IDPs are concentrated.

29 May 2019 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 29 May 2019

The European Commission has adopted seven new programmes and additional funds for two existing projects, worth €99.5 million. They will support ongoing efforts to help the most vulnerable people in the Horn of Africa.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: "The Horn of Africa has an unprecedented opportunity to shore up peace and stability throughout the region. The nearly €100 million we have approved will support vulnerable communities, contributing therefore directly to that peace and stability."

29 May 2019 description
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Press Release

Increased likelihood of drier than normal conditions over much of Ethiopia, parts of Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan and above normal rainfall for most of Sudan, Djibouti and parts of Ethiopia

28 May 2019 description

In Numbers

50,000 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 378 m six-month (May- October 2019) net funding requirements

5 m people assisted in April 2019

Operational Updates

27 May 2019 description

Key Messages

Tightening supplies and anticipated lower than average seasonal production likely to keep prices higher for most of 2019.

  • Staple food prices have started to increase seasonally though they are still near-average as well as lower than 2018 levels across most markets. Maize prices in the region are more than double the prices in the international markets.

23 May 2019 description

Nigeria and the western Gulf of Guinea region continue to receive limited rainfall

  1. Continued belowaverage rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

  2. Below-normal rainfall since April has led to significant early-season deficits and abnormal dryness.

  3. Heavy rainfall along the coast of Tanzania has caused flash flooding in Dar es Salaam. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue next week.

23 May 2019 description

By Andualem Sisay Gessesse

A project that lends drought-hit farmers money to buy a dairy cow, then insures the animal in case it gets sick, aims to bring in extra income - but some have struggled to make it pay

ARBA MINCH, Ethiopia, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After farmer Manza Bulacho's crops were wiped out in a drought that devastated parts of Ethiopia in 2017, the father of 10 hoped a cow could keep him going.

22 May 2019 description

Food security expected to deteriorate across greater Horn through September

Key Messages

22 May 2019 description

Urgent scale-up required to address likely large-scale emergency assistance needs across the Horn of Africa

In April, FEWS NET released an alert detailing the poor progress of the March to June 2019 Gu/long rains season in East Africa and expected deterioration in food security conditions across the region.

20 May 2019 description

832,989 movements were tracked through IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in East and the Horn of Africa (EHoA) in 2018. Thirty-eight per cent of the movements were tracked along the Eastern Route, fifty-two per cent along the Horn of Africa Route, four per cent along the Northern Route and six per cent along the Southern Route. Thirty per cent intended to travel to Somalia, thirty per cent were migrating towards KSA, fifteen per cent were headed to Ethiopia, eight per cent to Yemen and seven per cent to Djibouti.

20 May 2019 description

This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of cluster cochairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 1 to 30 April 2019.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Delayed and poor performance of the spring rains this year is impacting the food and nutritional security of vulnerable communities in affected areas.

19 May 2019 description
report BioMed Central

Melaku Tadege Engidaw and Alemayehu Digssie Gebremariam

Conflict and Health 2019 13:17

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-019-0203-3 © The Author(s). 2019

Received: 20 February 2018, Accepted: 7 May 2019, Published: 17 May 2019

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