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31 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN and GoE release revised 2017 HRD, identifying approximately 8.5 million people in Ethiopia requiring emergency food assistance

  • Estimated food-insecure population in Kenya increases to 3.4 million people

  • USAID Administrator announces an additional $91 million to support humanitarian interventions in Ethiopia

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

31 Aug 2017 description

READOUT

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey:

USAID Administrator Mark Green met today with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Administrator Green and Prime Minister Desalegn discussed U.S. support for Ethiopia's economic development, drought response, and food security.

31 Aug 2017 description

Foreign Ministry announces allocation of new funds for East Africa from the Foreign Disaster Fund (FDF)

31 Aug 2017 description

Climate changes are threatening the way of life of Nomadic herders, forcing them to move away from traditional grazing grounds and find alternative livelihoods

By Lesley Wroughton

JIJIGA, Ethiopia, Aug 30 (Reuters) - An abattoir located among herding communities in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region, known more for droughts and famine than business opportunities, is an unusual stop for a U.S. aid administrator.

Read more on Reuters

31 Aug 2017 description
report ChildFund Alliance

Eleven-year-old Kamal* walked barefoot across scorched scrubland for a week from his home in Somalia to Kenya. With their crops and livestock devastated by drought, Kamal’s family had no choice but to leave and try their luck in a new country.

Kamal was lucky. Unlike many children who died along the way, he made it across the Kenyan border, and is now living in Dolow, near Ethiopia.

But there, too, the situation is desperate.

* Not his real name. Name has been changed to protect his privacy.

30 Aug 2017 description

ROME/ADDIS ABABA - The heads of the three UN food agencies will visit Ethiopia to highlight the critical food and nutrition security situation. Consecutive climate shocks have resulted in back-to-back droughts, which have caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels. The agency chiefs will discuss how best to strengthen their support to the Government and its systems so that Ethiopia can continue meeting its development goals while simultaneously addressing humanitarian challenges along the way.

30 Aug 2017 description

IN NUMBERS

8.5 million People food insecure (Midyear Review of the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document [HRD])

2.25 million Households require emergency livestock support in 2017

USD 60.1 million Required for humanitarian response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector in 2017 (Midyear Review of the 2017 HRD)

USD 20 million Needed by FAO to assist 1 million farming, agropastoral and pastoral households in 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

28 Aug 2017 description

(Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore is head of the IFRC’s Africa region. This opinion piece was first published this month by Project Syndicate. Scientific studies of droughts in Somalia, most recently, Kenya, Ethiopia and Brazil conducted are available at the Climate Central website)

25 Aug 2017 description

Overview

Girls’ education and climate change are currently two of the most topical global issues in the development arena. Due to a myriad of limiting factors, more girls around the world are falling through the cracks in terms of their educational access, retention, and learning. At the same time, many countries and regions are facing more frequent and more intense climate-related extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods and droughts.

25 Aug 2017 description

The IA Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap) - an inter-agency initiative created in 2005 in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - seeks to build capacity of relevant actors to enhance the humanitarian protection response. ProCap Advisers support the strategic and operational humanitarian protection response for IDPs and other vulnerable populations. ProCap deploys senior personnel with proven protection expertise to field, regional and global operations and trains mid-level protection staff from Standby Partners and UN Agencies.

24 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The 2017 Humanitarian Requirement Documents (HRD) Mid-Year Review, released 8 August 2017, has identified significant increased needs of girls, boys, women and men for life-saving interventions in food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health in 2017. The total financial requirements for 2017 have been revised to US$1.259bn (from US$949m).

23 Aug 2017 description

Tigray has managed to improve soil and water conservation, and closed off 1.2 mln hectares of land to allow plants to regrow

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major project to restore land in Ethiopia's Tigray Region to boost millions of people's ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world's best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.

22 Aug 2017 description

Key Issues

  • Round 5 relief food distribution kicks off, targeting 3.3 million Relief and PSNP food beneficiaries in Somali region.

  • OCHA Ethiopia and OCHA AULO Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

  • The AWD outbreak continues to spread in Amhara region.