Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 30 November 2015

Key Issues

  • Development partners are urged to scale-up their investment on long-term community water supply schemes to break the cycle of chronic water shortages, and extreme vulnerability to the slightest weather shocks.

  • The final draft of the 2016 Humanitarian. Requirements Document will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for endorsement early this week. The official release of the Document is tentatively planned for 4 December.

  • UNICEF, WFP and WHO are exploring ways to better integrate activities to support the emergency.

  • A number of agencies have brought surge staff on board to strengthen cluster coordination and response.

Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency: The impact of the failed spring belg (mid-February-May) rains was compounded by the arrival of the El Niño weather conditions that weakened summer kiremt (June-September) rains, whose harvest feeds 80 to 85 per cent of the country. This greatly expanded food insecurity, malnutrition and affected livelihoods across six regions of the country. The level of acute need across virtually all humanitarian sectors has already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 and is projected to be far more severe throughout an 8 to 10 months period in 2016.

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