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12 Aug 2016 description

$45 million additional funding urgently needed to support Ethiopian agriculture

12 August 2016, Rome - With this year's main planting season winding down in Ethiopia, there is still a small window of opportunity in September for farmers to plant the last set of crops this year and grow food for millions facing hunger, provided the necessary support arrives on time.

12 Aug 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

83,714 * South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports

933,506* Total South Sudanese refugees as of 31 July (both pre Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

973,000 Total South Sudanese expected by 31 December 2016 (RRP Planning Figure)

264,204 Refugees in South Sudan

1.61 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan

FUNDING (as of 02 August)

USD 608.8 M Requested by UNHCR for the situation

HIGHLIGHTS

12 Aug 2016 description

US$612.4 million urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for 9.7million people

Addis Ababa, 12 August 2016: On 12 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the revision of the joint-Government and partners’ Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for the second half of 2016. The revised HRD seeks US$612.4 million to help 9.7 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance.

12 Aug 2016 description

SUMMARY

Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, is having a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Food security and agricultural production are severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors.

10 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Internal displacement due to flooding caused by heavy kiremt rainfall and resource-based inter-communal conflicts in some areas increases ES/NFI needs.

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) response crucial to contain acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak.

  • Operators prioritize dispatch of food to woredas for the next round or month.

  • USAID supports an OCHA supported country-based pooled fund for the first time.

In this issue

06 Aug 2016 description

The passage of Tropical Storm EARL expected to partially mitigate dryness over Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Consistent and aboveaverage rain over the past few weeks has led to moisture surpluses throughout much of Eastern Africa. Torrential rain is forecast to continue over western Sudan and the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, likely to elevate the River Nile and Al Gash River levels further and potentially resulting in flooding over many areas of Sudan during the next week.

03 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Senate staff delegation visits USAID-supported programs in Oromiya

  • Relief actors distribute 80 percent of planned emergency seed supplies for meher planting season

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Jul 2016 description

Above-average rainfall since June favors cropping, but flooding risks remain high

Key Messages

  • More than 10 million people require emergency food assistance in 2016, following El Niño-induced drought in 2015. Worst-affected areas include Wag Himra, East and West Hararghe, and pastoral areas in Shinile and southern Afar, where Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) outcomes will continue through September. Continued, regular assistance is essential in order to mitigate food consumption gaps.

29 Jul 2016 description
  • The Agriculture sector started delivering seeds mid-April, in preparation for the Meher planting season, which takes place from June to mid-July. As of end of June, at least 75 per cent of crop seeds and 27 per cent of vegetable seeds had been delivered against the plans.

29 Jul 2016 description
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Heavy rains may lead to flooding in East and West Africa, dryness persists in Central America

  1. Consistent and above average rain over the past few weeks has led to moisture surpluses throughout much of Eastern Africa. Torrential rain is forecast to continue over western Sudan and the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, which is likely to raise the River Nile and Al Gash River levels further and potentially result in flooding over many areas of Sudan during the next week.

26 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· In 2016, UNICEF has reached more than 1.1 million people with access to clean water through the rehabilitation and drilling of water schemes, provision of water purification materials and through water trucking in the drought affected regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray.

25 Jul 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Improved food security in some areas allowed for a reduction in nutrition hotspot classification
  • El Niño-induced flooding and inter-clan conflict has contributed to the rise of internally displaced people (IDP) in Ethiopia, leaving over ten thousand internally displaced households need emergency shelter and NFIs

Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency

The El Niño global climatic event wreaked havoc on Ethiopia’s 2015 spring and summer rains driving food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages in …

20 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  •   Average to above-average kiremt rainy season, flooding expected

  • Relief actors work to accelerate seed distribution for meher planting season

  • GoE releases revised priority hotspot list and malnutrition caseloads

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

18 Jul 2016 description

Key Issues

  • The rapidly growing number of AWD cases in Addis Ababa calls for a more coordinated endeavour before the intensity of the rains increase in August, as the peaks of AWD always occurs with flooding.

  • Dispatching and distribution of emergency food and ES/NFIs continues

  • Relief households still have inadequate consumption although inadequate consumption decreased due to enhanced assistance and improved milk and vegetable availability due to the rains: Food Survey

18 Jul 2016 description
report Oxfam

The devastating impacts of the 2015–16 El Niño will be felt well into 2017. This crisis was predicted, yet overall, the response has been too little too late. The looming La Niña event may further hit communities that are already deeply vulnerable.

15 Jul 2016 description

Poor seasonal progress reduces harvest prospects for Gu and Belg crops in Somalia, Ethiopia

Key Messages

15 Jul 2016 description

Addis Ababa July 14/2016 The Japanese company Panasonic Corporation has donated today 2,400 solar lanterns worth USD 120,000 to be distributed in drought affected areas.

After receiving the donation from Norika Tanaka, Assistance Chief of Panasonic Corporation, Moureen Achieng , Chief of IOM Mission in Ethiopia said the assistance is an important first step that makes women, girls, children and the elderly who are vulnerable feel safe at night.

12 Jul 2016 description

Key Issues

  • “The international community is distracted by other world events while over ten million Ethiopians suffer the worst drought in 50 years,” - UN Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate Change, Mrs. Mary Robinson visits Ethiopia.
  • Lack of resource and response integration affecting minimum SWaSH packages.

Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency: