18 August 2014
This week we celebrate World Humanitarian Day—a time to recognize our staff who are in the field, every day. Since conflict began in South Sudan over eight months ago, more than 180,000 people have sought refuge in neighboring Ethiopia. Fatmata Kokobaye is head of WFP office in Gambela responsible for providing life-saving support to South Sudanese refugees. Gambela is also an important corridor for food assistance to get into South Sudan, by air, land or river. Here she tells us her story.
23 June 2014
Among the Kereyu community in Ethiopia’s southern Oromia province, WFP’s school feeding programme is tipping the scales as parents weigh whether to take their children on seasonal migrations or leave them in school.
23 June 2014
Agro-pastoralists in Ethiopia's northern Afar region once used to migrate in search of water and pasture for their herds. But today, they are staying put, thanks to a range of government environmental and public works projects, supported by WFP.
20 June 2014
As field monitor for WFP Ethiopia's Gambella office, Pereleth Othieing is putting in marathon hours in the refugee camps and border points of western Ethiopia. His task: making sure the hundreds of South Sudanese refugees pouring into the country daily receive the food and nutritional assistance they desperately need. So far, nearly 150,000 South Sudanese have sought asylum in western Ethiopia, since conflict erupted in their homeland in December, 2013.
21 May 2014
During a May pledging conference in Oslo, the international community committed to step up its humanitarian response to the crisis in South Sudan - including helping refugees, who are crossing by the thousands into Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries.
2 May 2014
In June, top officials will gather in Ethiopia to assess the achievements of the two-year-old Purchase from Africans for Africa programme, a groundbreaking, Brazilian-inspired initiative to empower smallholder farmers that has been rolled out in five African nations: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal. Brazil’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Isabel Cristina de Azevedo Heyvaert, saw the results during a WFP field trip to the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).
14 April 2014
German funding for WFP-supported relief and safety-net programmes in Ethiopia is helping 1.6 million pastoralists and farmers living on the edge.
7 April 2014
With conflict continuing in South Sudan, WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres are calling on the international community to step up their humanitarian response. The two UN agency heads spoke with refugees, government officials and humanitarian workers during a visit last week to Ethiopia, which is registering one of the highest numbers of South Sudanese refugees.
22 March 2014
Tens of thousands of refugees from South Sudan are pouring into Ethiopia, fleeing the fighting in their homeland. By the end of the year, officials say Ethiopia could be hosting some 150,000 South Sudanese refugees. WFP is distributing food rations to refugees in camps and border crossings, along with special, nutrient-packed foods for the most vulnerable. But the sheer numbers of new arrivals are straining the resources of the humanitarian community.
30 January 2014
Akobo Tergol is a small town in the western part of Ethiopia. Recently its population has grown due to the conflict in South Sudan and an influx of refugees. More than 20,000 asylum seekers have crossed the river which forms the border between the two countries and WFP has been providing life-saving food assistance, in partnership with the national refugee agency ARRA.
- UNHCR, WFP chiefs due in Ethiopia Source: Turkish Press
- Humanitarian crisis looms as refugees from South Sudan pour into Ethiopia Source: The Guardian
- Elimination of hunger in our lifetime can be a reality Source: The Irish Times
- UN Utilizing Financial Inclusion Programs to Fight Rural Poverty Source: VOA News
- Delegates highlight rural poor financial inclusion service access Source: The Ethiopian Herald