Horn of Africa hunger crisis pushes millions to the brink
Story | 24 May 2023
Since operations resumed in mid-November, WFP convoys have carried thousands of tons of food into the Tigray Region, allowing us to reach those most in need of our assistance. WFP is supporting 2.1 million people in the region with food assistance..
Meanwhile, WFP continues to deliver in the Afar and Amhara regions. In Afar, WFP delivered emergency food assistance to 650,000 people five times in 2022, while in the Amhara Region WFP also completed five distribution rounds to over 675,000 people.
WFP welcomes the Government of Ethiopia’s efforts to restore essential banking, communications and transport services in the Tigray Region, and to implement the peace agreement reached in November 2022. Significant progress has been made in recent months, which has supported humanitarian operations and improved the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the region who have been affected by the conflict.
US$159 million is urgently needed to rapidly scale up WFP’s operations in northern Ethiopia, to meet the food needs of over 3.4 million people over the next six months.
Meanwhile, following five consecutive poor rainy seasons, Ethiopia is experiencing the most severe and protracted drought in recent history. The drought has left an estimated 11.8 million people across the country facing hunger and 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Shortages of water and pasture continue to devastate livelihoods, forcing families from their homes across the Somali, Oromia, Sidama, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ regions in the south and southeast. As the October to December 2022 rains were largely insufficent to support pasture and water levels, and the upcoming rainy season is projected to be below average, food insecurity is projected to rise in the months ahead.
WFP is on-ground, and has already supported over 2.8 million people with a combination of emergency relief food and anticipatory actions to save lives in the short-term and build resilience in the long-term.
However, to deliver its full drought response to 7.4 million people, WFP requires US$156 million over the next six months.
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