Situation report: Drought/Food Crisis in Ethiopia - 08 Sep 2008

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- UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes, concludes three-day mission to Ethiopia

- Total shortfall for relief, Productive Safety Net Programme and Targeted Supplementary Feeding programme is 166,700 mt valued at US$136 million.

Humanitarian Overview

Current Context

The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Sir John Holmes, conducted a three-day mission to Ethiopia between 1st and 3rd of September. Sir Holmes travelled to Ethiopia to witness first-hand the impact of the drought and food crisis upon the affected community and to review the ongoing response to the humanitarian situation. During the course of the three-day mission the ERC met with government, UN Agencies and NGOs and travelled to SNNPR and Somali Region. The ERC underscored the severity of the humanitarian situation and urged the international community and government to scale-up resources to respond to the crisis. In the Somali Region, the ERC praised the work of the humanitarian community and highlighted the need to expand the presence of humanitarian actors in the region and the importance of independent assessments to identify needs and target response.

Sir John Holmes, acting in his capacity as the Coordinator of the High-Level Task-Force on the Global Food Crisis, met with the Head of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, World Bank representatives, UN agencies and NGOs to discuss the impact of rising food prices in Ethiopia. In addition, the ERC met with representatives of the NGO community to discuss issues relating to humanitarian principles and ongoing operations.

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