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08 Sep 2017 description

Famine: Lessons Learned was produced as the world was responding to four potential famines simultaneously – in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

Much has been written and researched on famine, and many lessons on how to best prevent and respond to famine have been learned the hard way. This paper therefore draws on lessons learned from the last 30-plus years of famine crises and response, going back to famines in Ethiopia and Sudan in the 1980s, up to the most recent famine in Somalia in 2011.

08 Sep 2017 description

Third consecutive poor/failed rains exacerbate drought conditions in Ethiopia: Southern and eastern Ethiopia continue to battle the impact of drought caused by the Indian Ocean-related weather systems in 2016, exacerbated by below average spring rains this year - the third consecutive poor/failed rains in the southern and eastern regions. The drought conditions are compounded by disease outbreaks, large scale loss of livelihood assets and displacement.

08 Sep 2017 description

Addis Ababa September 06/2017 The government of China has pledged humanitarian relief assistance worth 15 million USD to Ethiopia, according to the Embassy of China.

Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Dr. Abraham Tekeste and Mr. Liu Tao, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of China in Ethiopia signed USD 15 million worth food-aid agreement expected to be delivered to drought-stricken victims shortly.

07 Sep 2017 description

- Due to the lingering effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and poor October-to-December 2016 and March-to-June 2017 rainy seasons, an estimated 8.5 million people in Ethiopia require relief food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is in addition to 8 million chronically food-insecure people who receive food or cash assistance through the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).

07 Sep 2017 description

Tackling climate change in Africa will work effectively if efforts are first geared towards eliminating challenges faced by smallholder farmers across the continent, experts say.

The problem of climate change and how it has affected the continent’s agriculture sector was one of the key topics at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The week-long forum kicked off Monday, September 4 and runs until Friday, September 8.

06 Sep 2017 description

Kifa Bashir is a WHO Disease Surveillance Officer assigned to Faffan zone in Somali Region in Ethiopia. Today, she is visiting Koloji in Babile district, the largest camp for internally displaced people in the area.

Located 57 kilometres from Jigjiga town, Koloji provides shelter to 30,000 people; it had been reporting cases of acute watery diarrhoea from March-June 2017.

This particular visit is special for Kifa because, alongside her routine disease surveillance work, she will visit a community that has been affected by the outbreak.

06 Sep 2017 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding over eastern Sudan, western Ethiopia, and eastern Uganda


  • Rainfall has remained persistently above average over the past month in the western Ethiopian highlands and the eastern lowlands of Sudan which has caused extensive soil saturation, localized flash floods, crop water-logging, and property damage.

06 Sep 2017 description

Addis Ababa, September 05/2017 - Supporting the livestock sector through improved technology is essential if productivity of the sector is to be enhanced, according to Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

The 31th Annual Conference of Ethiopian Veterinary Association opened today under the theme: Enhancing Veterinary Services through Improved Application of Innovative Approaches and IT /ICT Solutions.

05 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By James Jeffrey

DOLO ODO, Ethiopia, Sep 5 2017 (IPS) - Grasping its limp leg, a woman drags the carcass of one of her few remaining black-headed sheep away from her family’s domed shelter fashioned out of sticks and fabric that stands alone amid the desiccated scrubland a few kilometers from the town of Dolo Odo in the southeast of Ethiopia near the border with Somalia.

05 Sep 2017 description

Full title of the project:

Emergency livelihood support to drought-affected pastoral, agropastoral and smallholder farming communities in Afar and Somali Regions

Target areas:

Afar and Somali Regions

Recipient:EthiopiaDonor:United States of America

Contribution:USD 700 000


Project code:OSRO/ETH/601/USA


05 Sep 2017 description


  • Emergency Relief Assistance 3.3 million people
    Immediate relief assistance through unconditional in-kind and cash based transfers to the most vulnerable people in the Somali Region.

  • Nutrition Assistance 1.6 million people
    Life-saving curative and preventive nutrition services to malnourished children under the age of 5 and pregnant and nursing women nationwide.

05 Sep 2017 description

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to people affected by food crises across eight countries in Africa and Asia.

05 Sep 2017 description

September 2017 – Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.

04 Sep 2017 description
report Trócaire

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.

04 Sep 2017 description


• At least 376,055 pregnant and lactating women and children under-5 will benefit from blanket supplementary feeding, with a new US$ 14 million funding from CERF and the Government of Denmark.

• AWD cases rising in Afar, Amhara and Tigray, while the outbreak is stabilizing in Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions.

• The WaSH Cluster has been closely working with the Health and Nutrition clusters to support ongoing multisector/integrated efforts to address the deepening AWD and nutrition crisis in Somali region.

03 Sep 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Price Watch provides an update on market and price trends in selected reference markets. Specific trends for key reference markets and commodities are available in the Price Watch Annexes 1 and 2.

01 Sep 2017 description

More than 8.5 million people require food assistance

1 September 2017, Dolobat village, Ethiopia - Survival priorities are clear for livestock owner Mohamed: "I need to save my animals to sustain my life," he says, sitting outside his thatched home in Dolobat village in Somali region. This part of Ethiopia's south-east is gripped by a devastating drought: rains have failed for the third consecutive year which has caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels.

01 Sep 2017 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.

01 Sep 2017 description

Extreme levels of acute food insecurity to persist in southeastern pastoral areas

01 Sep 2017 description

Heavy rains cause flooding and damages in western Sahel, Uganda, and Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locally heavy rainfall caused flooding in several states in Sudan last week.
    Although rainfall is expected to decrease throughout the region in early September, saturated ground conditions and elevated river levels sustain the risk for additional flooding.