Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, is having a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Food security and agricultural production are severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors.
FOREWORD BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR ETHIOPIA
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Drought, worsened by El Niño effects is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of over ten million Ethiopians.
With the support of Government, families have been building their resilience, but this has been stretched by the belg failure and by the erratic meher rains this year.
This document is presented jointly by the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team. It presents the key findings of the Governmentled post-harvest assessment of autumn 2015. It includes the outline of the Government and UN Humanitarian Country Team response plan to address assessed and projected humanitarian needs in 2016.
The full Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document will be launched in Addis Ababa on Wednesday 9 December 2015.
An additional US$164 million urgently needed to address increased food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year
El Niño-driven emergency
US$230 million urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year
Addis Ababa, 24 August 2015: On 18 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the joint-Government and humanitarian partners- Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) mid-year review. The document is a revision of the 2015 HRD - released on 6 March 2015 – based on the multi-agency belg/gu/ganna/sugum national needs assessment, which was concluded in early July 2015.
Following the overall near normal performance of the 2014 kiremt rains, food security is expected to improve in many parts of the country. Nevertheless, humanitarian challenges will continue in pocket areas in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the country where the seasonal rainfall performance was poor. Moreover, food security will likely continue to deteriorate in areas affected by various hazards during the latter half of 2014.
Following the poor 2014 gu/ganna rains, drought conditions are developing in the pastoralist areas of south eastern Ethiopia. The food security situation is also deteriorating in areas that received below normal belg/sugum rains in north eastern Afar, parts of Oromia and South Omo zone (SNNPR). Conversely, favourable 2014 belg rains contributed to th e improvement of food security situation in most part s of Amhara and SNNP regions.
The food security situation improved in most parts of the country following normal to above normal 2013 kiremt/deyr/hagya rains, except in pocket areas that received insufficient rains and areas affected by various hazards. The food security situation is particularly concerning in the north eastern parts of the country following three to four consecutive inadequate seasonal rains.
(27 April 2011, Addis Ababa): The La Niña-induced drought that has set in over much of the Horn of Africa has left more than 2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the southern and southeastern lowlands of Ethiopia, with emergency conditions likely to persist until the next rainy season arrives in October.