The September Humanitarian Requirement Document highlights that 2.7 million people are in need of relief assistance during the second half of 2013 (+8% from January-June). The food security situation improved in most pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas in the southern and south eastern parts of Ethiopia (notably Somali region) due to good gu/ganna rains. However, poor performance of the 2013 Belg (March-May) rains caused a deterioration of household food security in eastern Amhara and Southern Tigray regions as well as some parts of Oromia.
The Greater Horn of Africa Outlook Forum forecast suggests that below average rainfall is likely from October through December, which might affect crops and livestock in parts of Ethiopia.
Compared to the 5-year average, price of sorghum went up by 42% in Ethiopia.