Humanitarian Requirements 2012: Joint Government and Humanitarian Partners' Document

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Some 3.2 mln. people need humanitarian assistance in first half of 2012

Addis Ababa, January 20, 2012 (Addis Ababa) - Some 3.2 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance from January to June 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture announced.

Speaking at the launching of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for the first half of 2012 here on Thursday Agriculture State Minister Mitiku Kassa said Ethiopia needs 168.7 million US dollars worth food and non-food items.

According to HRD, Ethiopia needs 365.6 MT of emergency food aid amounting to 122.3 US dollars of which a total of 46 million is estimated to be required for the non food sectors that include water, sanitation, agriculture and education sectors.

The minister recalled that some 4.5 million people were in need of humanitarian aid but the number declined to 3.2 million owing to the coordinated effort by the stakeholders.

He said the achievement made in terms of resources mobilization and addressing humanitarian needs in the second half of 2011 is a clear manifestation for the effective early warning response system and resource mobilization strategy and coordination mechanisms.

The documents reviews response status in the second half of 2011 and also presents prioritize food and non food interventions in the first half of 2012 along with estimated resource requirement for their implementation.

Acting Humanitarian Coordinator UNCEIF Country representative, Ted Chaiban on his part said the document is an essential reference point for our continued collective work.

He said emergency response capacity is an important insurance for development activities that enables the most vulnerable population to participate actively in their own development and maintain their livelihood assets.

“We need to develop a joint strategy to asses the differential needs of all those requiring relief food and assistance provided under the productive safety net program PSNP including through its risk financial mechanism,” he noted.