Tag Archives: Crop Failure

El Nino in East Africa: Update on Eritrea

El Nino - Eritrea rainy season 2016
Eritrea currently experiencing a promising rainy season. According to the Agriculture Ministry, there exist ample distribution of rainfall nationwide and that over 300,000 hectares of land has already been put under cultivation. Due to the abundant and well‑distributed precipitation, crops and pasture in most parts of the country are in good conditions. (Photo: Sirak Bahlbi)

By Fikrejesus Amhazion (PhD),

In the Horn of Africa, a drought exacerbated by El Niño has directly affected the region, leading to an increase in food insecurity and malnutrition. This post presents an update on Eritrea.

According to a recent summary report by FEWS NET (a USAID-funded initiative), Continue reading El Nino in East Africa: Update on Eritrea

Number of Ethiopians Needing Food Aid Surges to 4.5 million

Delayed seasonal rains are causing livestock loss and risk of food shortage in most parts of Ethiopia especially in the Afar and Somali Region of Ethiopia. The US through FEWS-Net characterized the situation as “crisis” while the EU through European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) called it an “emergency”. ECHO said, food insecurity in Ethiopia are widespread and rates of acute malnutrition are growing now above the international thresholds that define an emergency.

By Reuters,

The number of Ethiopians who will need food aid by the end of this year has surged by more than 1.5 million from earlier estimates due to failed rains, United Nations agencies said on Monday.

Ethiopia needs an extra $230 million from donors to secure aid for a total of 4.5 million people now projected to require assistance this year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said in a statement. Continue reading Number of Ethiopians Needing Food Aid Surges to 4.5 million

Ethiopia Appeals Urgent Food Aid to Feed 10 Million People

Green Famine. A boy shivers in a short burst of much-needed rain as villagers carry sacks of maize received from the Red Cross in the Wolayta region of southern Ethiopia. (Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters)

By Martin Geissler | ITN News,

Hunger is once again threatening vast swathes of Africa because of drought and high food prices. The United Nations has estimated that 14 million are at risk and at the heart of the looming catastrophe is Ethiopia, where over 10 million are in need of emergency food aid.

Ethiopia has appealed for $325m (£167m) in food and other humanitarian aid after drought and crop failure more than doubled the number of people needing emergency assistance to 4.6 million. Continue reading Ethiopia Appeals Urgent Food Aid to Feed 10 Million People