Ethiopia Situation Report - May 2017

Situation Report
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7.78 million
People food insecure (Government of Ethiopia National Disaster Risk Management Commission)

1.9 million
Households require emergency livestock support in 2017

USD 42 million
Required for humanitarian response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector in 2017 (2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document)

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


  • Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia are increasing primarily in southern and southeastern pastoral areas due to the failure of the 2016 deyr/hagaya (October to December) rains and below-average and erratic 2017 gu/genna (March to May) rains.

  • Drought is heavily impacting the livelihoods of livestock-dependent communities, with extremely limited pasture and water causing abnormal migrations, widespread livestock deaths, enhanced morbidity rates and extreme emaciation.

  • Food insecurity has surged since the beginning of the year. As of May, 7.8 million Ethiopians are in need of emergency food aid, a 39 percent increase since mid-January. Malnutrition rates are also increasing and extreme coping mechanisms are observed.

  • Maize and sorghum production is threatened by the spread of a new pest. Presence of the fall armyworm has been reported in three regions, raising concerns over the rapid geographic spread of the infestation and potential for significant crop damage.

  • FAO urgently requires USD 8.4 million to address the needs of drought-affected pastoralists in southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Funding needs are likely to increase once the upcoming post-belg/gu/genna assessment has been conducted.