WFP Ethiopia Country Brief, September 2018

from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2018

Operational updates

• According to the recently released 2018 Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) Mid-Year Review, 8 million people require targeted relief food/cash assistance until the end of the year.

• There are 2.9 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ethiopia, of whom over 1.6 million were displaced because of conflict and insecurity.

• Emergency relief, nutrition and Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) operations in the Somali Region resumed on 3 September after being suspended in early August because of insecurity.

• In September, WFP is providing emergency relief assistance to 1.6 million food-insecure people identified under the 2018 HDRP and 300,000 conflict–induced IDPs in Somali Region.

• The insecurity in the Somali Region brought a new wave of IDPs into the Oromia Region, where WFP is providing emergency food relief to people displaced by earlier conflicts. In September, WFP assisted 378,000 IDPs in the East and West Hararghe zones.

• Based on health screenings, WFP is assisting 651,000 moderately acutely malnourished children under 5 years, and acutely malnourished pregnant and nursing women, including conflict-induced IDPs in the Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ regions.

• An estimated 10,000 asylum seekers/refugees from Eritrea have been arriving in Ethiopia. WFP is providing high-energy biscuits and food rations to 10,000 new arrivals.

• In September, WFP distributed food assistance to 689,000 refugees, of whom 149,000 (in 13 refugee camps) received a combination of food and cash transfers.

• Due to funding constraints, refugees received food rations that were 80 percent of the planned entitlement.