"The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases..." it said in a statement.
"If these emergency funds do not arrive in time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture in the food aid supply pipeline," country director John Graham said in the statement.
The $245 million now being sought is the cost of food aid for Ethiopia for the three months from May to July, Graham said.
It can take four months to buy food aid and transport it into landlocked Ethiopia via neighboring Djibouti's congested port, so the window for action "is rapidly closing," the charity said.
The El Nino weather phenomenon has caused drought and flooding across Africa, leaving 20 million people short of food in the south of the continent and 14 million in the east, the United Nations says.
The number in need is greatest in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country.
Famine, triggered by war and drought, killed one million people in Ethiopia in 1984. The nation now has one of Africa's fastest-growing economies but many people are still small-scale farmers and herders dependent on seasonal rains.
A $1.4 billion appeal by the government and aid partners for 2016 has raised $680 million, U.N. figures show.
More than 400,000 Ethiopian children under five are predicted to suffer from severe malnutrition this year, and a further 1.7 million under-fives, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers will need treatment for moderate malnutrition.
The World Food Programme has started importing food from Berbera in Somaliland to speed up the process.
Ethiopia Needs $245 Million by March to Stop More Severe Hunger
By William Davison
Ethiopia needs $245 million of food aid in the next three weeks to prevent a “potentially catastrophic escalation” in chronic malnutrition cases from the end of April after a lack of rain left millions of people in danger of starvation, Save the Children said.
More than 400,000 children will probably need supplementary feeding because of “severe acute malnutrition” later this year after the country’s worst drought in half a century ruined harvests and killed livestock, the non-governmental organization said Wednesday in a statement. Another 1.7 million women and children may become severely malnourished, which can lead to stunting in minors, if there’s a break in food aid delivery, it said.
“It can take around 120 days to purchase and transport food into Ethiopia through Djibouti, so we all must step up now,” said Save the Children Ethiopia Country Director John Graham. “The situation here is as grave as I have ever seen it in the 19 years I have spent in Ethiopia.’’
The effects of El Nino, the ocean-warming trend, have left 10.2 million Ethiopians needing food aid this year. Another 7.9 million “chronically food insecure” people in the Horn of African country of almost 100 million people are receiving support through a regular safety-net program already funded by the government and donors. Aid groups and the Ethiopian authorities have received about half of a $1.4 billion appeal for emergency funds, Save the Children said.
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan ministers to receive Renaissance Dam technical report
Source: Al Ahram
The Ethiopian Renaissance dam tripartite technical committee will present a report of the French consultancies' technical offer to the irrigation ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Ethiopia Wednesday.
Tuesday marks the third and last day of the committee's meetings in Khartoum.
The tripartite committee has been discussing the joint technical offer by French consultancy firms BRL and Artelia.
Egypt had said the three countries received the technical offer in January to be studied and discussed by the tripartite committee.
A Sudanese official told MENA Monday that the first day's meetings ended on a positive note and that there was mutual understanding between the three parties about common interests.
The contracts with the two consultancies that will conduct impact studies of the dam should be signed early February, Egypt's foreign ministry said last month.
The technical committee was tasked in 2013 to choose consultancy firms to conduct a study on the social, economic, and environmental impact of the dam and a study on the dam's hydraulic effect on downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.
The construction of the 121km road from Merille to Marsabit and the 122km stretch from Turbi to Moyale will be completed in 6 months.
The road connects Mombasa Port to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Transport Principal Secretary John Mosonik said this while inspecting Merille River to Marsabit road which is 77 per cent complete.
Mosonik also inspected the last inspection of the road from Turbi to Moyale; only 15km of the 122km road is yet to be tarmacked.
He was accompanied by Kenya National Highways Authority director general Peter Mundinia.
The larger 498km road project from Isiolo to Moyale was funded by the government, Africa Development Bank and the European Union.
It is key to theLamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (Lapsset) Corridor.
As big African airlines are grounded in heavy losses, Ethiopian Airlines continues to spread its wings.
An aggressive expansion strategy has helped the state-owned carrier transform itself from a competent regional player to the continent’s leading carrier in just five years
In a region where most airlines are struggling to break even as they grapple with the collapse in commodities and political instability, Ethiopian Airlines recorded a full-year profit of more than all other African carriers combined, according to data from the International Air Transport Association.
Its performance has meant it has already met most of its goals for its 15-year master plan to 2025 in the first five years.
“The growth rate in the industry is very low — the average could be less than 5 per cent — but we have been growing 20-25 per cent annually compound, in revenue and fleet [size],” said Tewolde Gebremariam, its chief executive.
In the year to June 2015, the company recorded a net profit of 3.15bn birr ($148m), compared with 2bn birr in the same period a year earlier. Based on accounts audited by the Audit Services Corporation, which inspects state-owned enterprises, its operating profit margin was 9.49 per cent, up from 2.14 per cent in 2011 and at a level comparable with the best European carriers. It has also increased its routes to 89, up from 69 in 2011.
Analysts attribute much of this success to the carrier’s benevolent owner, which does not demand dividends and, through state policies, can help keep down labour and financing costs.
The collapsing oil price has slashed fuel costs and the company has also benefited from turmoil blighting its main rivals. Kenya Airways, for instance, launched a big restructuring programme last year, including selling off several of its larger aircraft, which followed the failure of an ambitious expansion plan launched in 2011.
Kenya Airways, which is 26.7 per cent owned by Air France-KLM, has reported losses for the past three years, including $252m in the year to March 2015, the largest in Kenyan corporate history. It has blamed rising competition, terrorist attacks in Kenya and hedging losses for its woes.
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