Category: "Food Shortage"

UK pledges £38m in food aid to Ethiopia

July 4th, 2011

Ethiopia drought: UK pledges £38m in food aid

BBC News

The UK has pledged £38m ($61m) in food aid to drought-hit Ethiopia - enough to feed 1.3m people for three months.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said the World Food Programme cash would also treat 329,000 malnourished children and mothers.

The African country faces its worst drought for a decade with an estimated 3.2m people in need of emergency aid.

The UN has called for international aid across the Horn of Africa where 10 million people are affected.

Some areas have suffered the worst drought in 60 years and the UN now classifies large areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya as in a crisis or an emergency.

Mr Mitchell warned that other countries across the world must give money if a full-scale disaster was to be avoided.

"Through no fault of its own, the Horn of Africa is experiencing a severe drought caused by the failed rains," he said.

"Britain is acting quickly and decisively in Ethiopia to stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe. We will provide vital food to help 1.3 million people through the next three months.

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Starvation returns to the Horn of Africa

July 4th, 2011

Starvation returns to the Horn of Africa

In the Horn of Africa, unseen as yet by the world's television cameras, a pitiful trek of the hungry is taking place. Tens of thousands of children are walking for weeks across a desiccated landscape to reach refugee camps that are now overflowing. They are being driven there by one of the worst droughts in the region for 60 years which, combined with the war in Somalia and soaring food prices, is threatening a famine that could affect between eight and 10 million people.

The malnourished children, some of whom become separated from their parents on the way, are now arriving at the camps in northern Kenya at a rate of 1,200 every day. At the largest, built for 90,000, there are now nearly 370,000. Many have covered hundreds of miles on feet that are bare and bleeding. Some reach their goal barely able to stand. Most are exhausted, and dehydrated. All are hungry

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Food Insecurity in "Emergency" situation in South and South East Ethiopia

June 29th, 2011

Food Insecurity in "Emergency" situation in South and South East Ethiopia

The United Nations says nearly 10 million people are in need of immediate food assistance in the Horn of Africa which is suffering from the worst drought in more than 60 years according to reports. The UN now classifies large areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya as a crisis or an emergency.

In Ethiopia, 3.2 million people are in need of food assistance. In neighboring Kenya, with less than half of Ethiopia's population, 3.2 million are in need of food assistance. In Somalia 2.5 million need food assistance. Although no area is experiencing famine, the situation is classified as "emergency" in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

The most affected regions in Ethiopia are mostly in the South and South-East part of the country.

Millions facing severe food crisis amid worsening drought in Horn of Africa – UN

June 29th, 2011

Millions facing severe food crisis amid worsening drought in Horn of Africa – UN

UN News

28 June 2011
- An estimated 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are facing a severe food crisis following a prolonged drought in the region, with child malnutrition rates in some areas twice the emergency threshold amid high food prices that have left families desperate, the United Nations reported today.

In some areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda, drought conditions are the worst in 60 years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update.

Almost half the of children arriving in refugees camps in Ethiopia from southern Somalia are malnourished, while 11 districts in Kenya have reported malnutrition rates above the 15 per cent emergency threshold. Supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes are struggling to keep pace with the rising needs, according to OCHA.

Drought-related displacement and refugee flows are on the rise, with an average of 15,000 Somalis arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia every month this year seeking assistance.

“While conflict has been a fact of life for them for years, it is the drought that has taken them to breaking point. Many have walked for days, are exhausted, in poor health, desperate for food and water, and arriving in a worse condition than usual,” according to the OCHA update on the drought situation in the region.

The influx of Somalis into refugee camps in the Dadaab area of Kenya’s North-Eastern province – the largest refugee settlement in the world – has led to worsening overcrowding amid limited resources.

The drought has forced children out of school as both human and livestock diseases spread. Competition for the meagre resources is causing tensions among communities.

The price of grain in drought-affected areas of Kenya is 30 to 80 per cent more than the five-year average, according to OCHA, while in Ethiopia, the consumer price index for food increased by almost 41 per cent last month. Further food price hikes area expected in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia, but could ease after the next harvests expected later this year.

OCHA called for the scaling up of the emergency response in all affected areas, urging governments, donors and relief agencies step up efforts to prevent further deterioration.

Further funding is also required to enable humanitarian agencies to provide the necessary assistance. UN agencies and the partners this year requested $529 million for Somalia, but only 50 per cent of that amount has been received.

In Kenya, where $525 million is required, about 54 per cent of that money has been obtained so far. The appeal for Djibouti is for $39 million, but only 30 per cent has been received.

Food assistance needs in Ethiopia rising for 2010, UN relief wing reports

February 4th, 2010

Food assistance needs in Ethiopia rising for 2010, UN relief wing reports

UN News Center

3 February 2010 – The number of people in Ethiopia who will need food assistance this year has risen to 5.2 million, an increase of several hundred thousand from estimates released just two months ago by United Nations relief agencies and the Horn of Africa nation’s Government.

The worsening food security situation is attributed to poor rainfall last year, particularly during the February-May and June-October seasons, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

According to the humanitarian requirements document for Ethiopia, launched yesterday in Addis Ababa, the total net emergency food requirement from January to December 2010 and non-food needs for the first six months of this year amounts to $286.4 million.

The document – prepared by the Government and UN agencies working in the country – also stated that the net food requirement stands at 290,271 metric tons, estimated to cost around $231.3 million.

In addition, $55.1 million is required to respond to non-food needs in the areas of health and nutrition, water and sanitation, agriculture and education.

The food security situation in Ethiopia had already been weakened last year by poor rains in 2008 and the impact of the high food prices globally.