29 August 2009
International aid agencies fear that the levels of death and starvation last seen 24 years ago, are set to return to the Horn of Africa. (..) Donor countries provided sustenance to 12 million Ethiopians last year, more than half of it through the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).
14 August 2009
Ethiopia continues to face high levels of food insecurity, with an estimated 6.2 million people requiring emergency food assistance from July 2009 until the end of the year, the World Food Programme has warned.
The agency has said the number of people requiring emergency assistance was also an increase of 1.3 million people over the January figures. “Based on current estimates, the total food requirement from June to December is 462,500 mt. Both estimates are expected to be revised based on the findings of the assessment, which are expected in August,” the agency said.
11 August 2009
The green landscape around Abebech Angelo's home in Agaza Duge village near Boditi town, 370km south of Addis Ababa, belies the food shortages that southern Ethiopia is facing. (..) Reports by the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS Net) and the World Food Programme (WFP) say the rains in the country's cropping areas were below normal this year.
7 August 2009
Spain will give Ethiopia $7 million in grants to fund child nutrition and food security projects for three years across the huge Horn of Africa country, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said on Saturday. ENA said the U.N. children's agency UNICEF and U.N. World Food Programme would run the projects in 16 districts in coordination with Ethiopia's Health Ministry.
28 July 2009
The U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) recently allocated $6 million to address several health challenges facing Ethiopia, IRIN reports. (..) In related news, the World Food Programme (WFP) recently said it will require a total of 744,000 metric tons of food to meet its commitments in Ethiopia this year, Ezega.com reports. Mohammed Diab, the WFP country director, said, "all of our programmes in this country [Ethiopia] are under stress right now, with the total shortfall currently standing at more than 199,000 metric tons of food, worth $171 million".
19 July 2009
Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia has been hard hit recently by repeated droughts. Many families have lost their livestock and are unable to support themselves. This tragedy has been compounded by the "silent tsunami" of high food prices which struck in 2008. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently reported that drought and high food prices have pushed 12 million people into hunger. Jennifer Parmelee, a WFP officer, says that "In Ethiopia, poor families have now taken to eating "in shifts" – the eldest child on Monday, the next oldest on Tuesday, the youngest on Wednesday, and so on."
14 July 2009
Transport delays from Djibouti have led the World Food Programme (WFP) to begin diverting vessels carrying food assistance to the Port of Sudan and the Port of Berbera in Somaliland, where trucks will transport the aid to Ethiopia. This decision by the WFP was a result of the Ethiopian Government ostensibly prioritising the transportation of fertilisers from the Port of Djibouti to crop producing areas of the country with the intention of trying to increase production at the next harvest.
3 July 2009
It is celebration time for Ethiopians outside their homeland especially for those in the democratic West. The recession has been brutal on immigrants more so on those that are in the service sector. (..) As for the alarm regarding the food shortage Ato Meles said “We have hundreds of thousands of tons of wheat in our store houses here in Ethiopia.” Both World Food Program (WFP) and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) agree the situation is cause for alarm.
28 June 2009
This week’s humanitarian situation update by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that standard nutrition surveys are needed in the affected areas in different regions to assess the scope of the situation. (..) According to the latest Ethiopia Market Watch issued by the World Food Programme (WFP), general inflation based on the monthly moving average stood at 44.3 percent in April 2009, with food inflation at 57.2 percent and non-food inflation at 24.6 percent. This represents a slight decrease since March 2009, when the general inflation rate stood at 45.2 percent.
26 June 2009
The late start of Ethiopia's wet season and the unreliability of the rains could affect crop production this year and increase the number of those in need of aid, officials said. (..) The late start of the early rains meant that only 50-70 percent of land planned for planting was sown by mid-April, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).
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