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WFP Ethiopia Country Brief, September 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

5.5 million people in need assisted by WFP operations by September 2020.

11.8 million vulnerable people face acute food insecurity in 2020.

USD 213 million (October 2020 - March 2021) net funding requirements, representing 66 percent of total

Operational Updates

• WFP Ethiopia is currently assisting millions of people with relief food or cash for: drought and flood-affected people; internally displaced persons (IDPs); refugees; and malnourished children and women. Between January and September, over 5.5 million people in need have received WFP assistance.

• Between June and September 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased twelve-fold. On 5 September, the nationwide state of emergency also ended.

• WFP is using revised protocols for food distributions and other operations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection to beneficiaries, partners and WFP staff. These include physical distancing, hand washing, temperature testing and double distributions to people at distribution sites and refugee camps.
Additional storage facilities have been constructed to facilitate the double distributions and allow buffer stocks as a contingency.

• The current desert locust infestations are likely to worsen food insecurity. In September, desert locusts damaged over 150 hectares of cropland. Moreover, they have moved into new areas of South Wollo and Oromia zones in Amhara Region.

• The leading relief food operators - the Joint Emergency Operation Program (JEOP – a consortium of NGOs), the National Disaster Management Commission (NDRMC) and WFP - continued dispatching food and cash assistance for drought and flood affected people and IDPs under the fourth and fifth rounds of 2020.

• WFP has supported over 694,000 refugees in 26 refugee camps and four sites with food and cash assistance in September.

• The Ministry of Education is assessing enrolment capacities as well as hygienic and sanitation facilities in preparation to re-open schools. At least 2.6 million children, particularly the most marginalized and most vulnerable children, including girls, children in pastoralist areas, and IDPs in camps and camp-like settings, require support for safe school re-opening activities. ¹ • WFP is continuing to successfully implement livelihood interventions, including the Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists in Ethiopia (SIIPE) and R4 Rural Resilience Initiative.
Despite the challenges of desert locusts, flooding and COVID-19,
WFP has assisted 15,500 households in Somali Region through SIIPE. The R4 initiative has also benefited 65,000 households in Amhara and Tigray regions.