ECHO Factsheet – Ethiopia – February 2017

Facts & Figures In 2017:

5.6 million people in need of food assistance

3.9 million people in need of water trucking

3 million acutely malnourished children & women including 300 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition

1.9 million households need support to keep livestock alive

Almost 10% of the population chronically vulnerable to food insecurity

(source: UNOCHA)

Refugees: 793 321 (UNHCR)

European Commission humanitarian funding in 2016: €168.3 million

Key messages

  • After one of the strongest El Niño events on record, Ethiopia is still recovering from the 2015-16 drought which left nearly 10 million in need of food assistance. The government and the international community worked together to assist the affected population in one of the biggest humanitarian responses ever seen in Africa.

  • Of the 718 000 people internally displaced in 2016 due to drought and internal conflict more than half has returned home. However, the Horn of Africa region, including parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, continues to experience prolonged drought in 2017. It is estimated that 10.7 million in the region face severe food shortages

  • South-eastern Ethiopia received less than a quarter of its normal seasonal rainfall from October to December 2016. Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission warns that 5.6 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in Afar, Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions need emergency food assistance.

  • Ethiopia is one of the largest refugee-hosting countries in the world with over 793 000 registered refugees, most of them from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan. The country hosts more than 338 000 refugees from war-torn South Sudan where one million people are on the brink of starvation. Since January 2017, Somalis have again started to arrive in the South of the country, fleeing insecurity and severe drought.

  • The European Commission provides humanitarian funding to address food and water scarcity as well as malnutrition, and to provide refugees across Ethiopia with assistance.