Ethiopia Country content en Celebrating World Humanitarian Day – Fatmata in Gambela, Ethiopia 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.  Ethiopia Celebrating World Humanitarian Day Local Africa Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:09:51 +0000 WFP 642717 at For Ethiopian Herders, School Meals are Driving Change 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. School Meals Ethiopia Local Africa School Meals Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:20:59 +0000 WFP 642018 at Working for Change in Northern Ethiopia 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. Climate Change Ethiopia Local Africa Climate Change Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:30:58 +0000 Melese Awoke 641986 at In Ethiopia: The Plight Of South Sudanese Refugees Up Close And Painful 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.  Responding to Emergencies Ethiopia Global Africa Emergencies Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:56:01 +0000 Lisa Bryant 641967 at On World Refugee Day, WFP Ethiopia Warns of Funding Shortfall to Respond to Sharp Influx of South Sudanese Refugees ADDIS ABABA – As South Sudanese continue to flee their conflict-torn homeland, the United Nations World Food Programme in Ethiopia marks World Refugee Day with an urgent appeal for US$50 million to meet the needs of nearly 150,000 who have sought shelter here since the conflict began in December 2013–and for our larger refugee response. Ethiopia South Sudan Africa Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:51:39 +0000 WFP 641992 at Conflicts Creating Hunger for those Forced to Flee on World Refugee Day 2014 (For the Media) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) marks another sombre World Refugee Day tomorrow (20 June) as renewed violence in Iraq has driven half a million people from their homes to join an estimated 45.2 million people forcibly displaced around the world, according the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Working with the UNHCR and other partners, WFP assisted 4.2 million refugees and 8.9 million internally displaced people around the world in 2013. The majority of those refugees and displaced people were from ongoing crises in Syria, South Sudan and Central African Republic (C.A.R.). WFP in Action Disaster Risk Reduction ED - E.Cousin Responding to Emergencies Cameroon Ethiopia Iraq Jordan Syria English Africa Middle East Executive Director - Ertharin Cousin Video News Release Emergencies Refugees and IDPs Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:59:42 +0000 WFP 641988 at In Ethiopia, WFP Scales up Response for South Sudanese Refugees Ethiopia now hosts the highest number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled the fighting and growing hunger stalking the world's youngest nation.  As South Sudan's conflict grinds into its seventh month, nearly 150,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia's western Gambella region, with hundreds more arriving every day. WFP Ethiopia is responding with food and special nutritional supplements for the many people crossing the border tired, hungry and often extremely malnourished. And we are responding to the growing humanitarian crisis inside South Sudan, through a major cross-border operation to deliver tens of thousands of tons of lifesaving food by air, truck and boat. But funding for WFP's refugee operation in Ethiopia is fast running out - and we may face a shortfall as early as August. Ethiopia Global Urban Food Insecurity Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:56:35 +0000 WFP 641861 at South Sudanese Refugees In Ethiopia Plea For Better Life Back Home 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. Ethiopia Global Africa Emergencies Wed, 21 May 2014 12:49:43 +0000 Lisa Bryant 641512 at From Brazil to Ethiopia: Experiences On Empowering Farmers 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). Development Operation (DEV) Ethiopia Local Africa Purchase for Progress School Meals Fri, 02 May 2014 09:26:21 +0000 Lisa Bryant 641218 at In Ethiopia's Somali Region, Cash-Transfers For Refugees Get Boost From The European Commission And Finland At Sheder and Aw Barre camps in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region, refugees now have greater food choices and more dietary diversity thanks to WFP's innovative cash transfer programme. Launched in 2013 the programme provides almost 25,000 refugees from Somalia with ETB 100 (about $US 5.30) every month, along with WFP's regular food basket. Finland's Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Sirpa Mäenpää, saw first-hand how the project works during a recent visit to Sheder camp. Finland is a faithful supporter of WFP Ethiopia, with most of its contributions going to our refugee response. Part of Finland's recent donation of US$1.25 million went to the cash-transfer initiatives. WFP used the remaining US$1 million to buy wheat, which helped to feed more than 40,000 Eritrean refugees in the Afar and Tigray regions for two months. Ethiopia Local Cash and Vouchers Ambassadors Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:46:19 +0000 WFP 641131 at