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04 Oct 2018 description


  • As of 24 September, an estimated 453,000 IDPs had returned to their places of origin in the West Guji and Gedeo zones.

  • WFP is planning to conduct a training on warehouse management, pest control and commodity handling in both zones to strengthen the zonal logistics capacity.

  • WFP and NDRMC (as Emergency Operation Centre Coordinator) co-chaired the Logistics Coordination meeting on 26 September to discuss logistics gaps and the returnee response plan. The meeting was attended by humanitarian partners.

04 Oct 2018 description


There are an estimated 2.9 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ethiopia. While in the past years, the recurrent drought and other climate-related reasons triggered displacement, conflict has become the main driver in 2018. The number of people displaced from their homes because of inter-communal fighting and political unrest has doubled in the span of one year. As of July, there were 2.1 million conflict -induced Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the country.

19 Sep 2018 description


Recurrent drought in the densely populated zones of East and West Hararghe has had a severe impact on the food security and overall livelihoods of communities, with failing crops and lack of water and pasture for livestock. This contributes to the two zones accounting for more than 10 percent of both chronic and acute food insecurity in Ethiopia.


17 Sep 2018 description

Will an El Nino take place?

Current forecasts of Eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures (SST) and expert judgement point to a significant likelihood of an El Nino materializing: currently this stands at 50-55% chance of it happening in the northern hemisphere Autumn and 65-70% chance of it developing in the coming Winter.

How long is it likely to last?

Judging from the forecasts for how SST are likely to evolve, this El Nino, should it materialize, is likely to be relatively short and over by mid 2019.

07 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 5,467 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$103.5 million, six months (August 2018-January 2019) net funding requirements, representing 46% of total

  • 1.6 million people assisted in July 2018*

Operational context

17 Aug 2018 description

ADDIS ABABA - The heads of the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF in Ethiopia have made a joint visit to Somali Region of Ethiopia to see firsthand how people affected by recent violence and civil unrest are being assisted.

WFP Country Director, Steven Were Omamo and UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop visited the regional capital Jijiga on Monday 13 August, where they assessed what further support was needed and emphasized the importance of strong partnerships in improving the situation.

15 Aug 2018 description

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food to tens of thousands of people seeking temporary shelter following violent protests in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

​People fled their homes in the eastern region when violent protests erupted on 3 August. Houses, churches, vehicles and shops were burned, damaged or looted, and WFP was forced to suspend all its operations in the Somali Region. At least 80 people were killed, according to media reports.

18 Jul 2018 description


  • Inflation: In June 2018, the inter-annual general inflation stood at 14.7 percent up 1.0 percentage points from last month. Food inflation increased from 14.9 percent last month to 17.9 percent in June 2018. This could pose a serious risk to food security, generally, and of pricing poor household out of the food market, specifically.

29 Jun 2018 description


  • Inter annual inflation stood at 13.7 percent in May 2018, with no change from the previous month. Food inflation, declined from 16.1 percent in April 2018, to 14.9 percent in May. But, inflation and increases in food prices are still high and a main concern for food security of poor households.

  • Seasonally grain prices increase during the June to August lean season. Belg harvest from July on in SNNPR and central Oromia Belg crop producing areas, should temper the rate of cereal price increases.

06 Jun 2018 description

In Numbers

2.1 million people in the Somali Region being assisted through WFP’s emergency relief assistance

US$ 146 m six months net funding requirements (May - October 2018)

3.5 million people assisted in April 2018

Operational Updates

31 May 2018 description

- Inflation: Inflation declined from the previous month but is still high. General inflation declined from 15.2 in March 2018 to 13.1 percent in April. Food inflation declined from 19.9 percent in March to 16.1 percent in April.

18 May 2018 description

In Numbers

2.1 million people in the Somali Region are being supported by WFP’s emergency relief assistance.

851,000 children under five and pregnant and nursing women nationwide are receiving specialized nutritious food to treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).


10 May 2018 description

A joint (UNHCR, WFP and ARRA) annual standardised expanded nutrition survey (SENS) was conducted at Kebribeyah, Awbarre and Sheder camps from 11 to 23 Dec 2017. The three refugee camps are situated in Ethiopia Somali regional state in the Eastern part of Ethiopia.
Jijiga is the capital town of Ethiopia-Somali regional state, eastern part of Ethiopia, which is 635 km from the capital city of Addis Ababa.