Number of Ethiopians needing food aid surges to 4.5 million after failed rains (Reuters)

August 25th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

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.

The country of 96 million people is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, but failed rains have devastating consequences for food supplies.

“The belg rains were much worse than the National Meteorology Agency predicted at the beginning of the year. Food insecurity increased and malnutrition rose as a result,” said David Del Conte, UNOCHA’s acting head of office in Ethiopia, referring to the short, seasonal rainy season that stretched from February to April.

Areas normally producing surplus food in the Horn of Africa country’s central Oromia region were also affected by shortages, the statement said, adding lack of water had decreased livestock production and caused livestock deaths in other pastoralist areas.

Meteorologists have warned that the El Nino weather phenomenon, marked by a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is now well established and continues to strengthen. Models indicate that sea-surface temperature anomalies in the central Pacific Ocean are set to climb to the highest in 19 years.

The El Nino can lead to scorching weather across Asia and east Africa but heavy rains and floods in South America.

The United Nations cautioned that the anomaly could further affect Ethiopia’s “kiremt” rains that stretch from June to September.

“A failed belg followed by a poor kiremt season means that challenges could continue into next year,” said John Aylieff, WFP’s Ethiopia representative.

  1. aha!
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    Abugidainfo need to bring forward the Article from Ethiomedia: Ethiopia: living under the threat of poverty of famine by Daniel Teferra as a cuase effect analyses for the elites to comment about and come up with a solution from within to alleviate the shortage of food via harnessing the 22 tributaries for electricity and irrigation and projects for the highlands and the rift valley to maintain and/or increase production of both livestock and crops to control inflation of food prices, complementary to ratification of the constitution under Ethiopian Nationalism with the goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians as a basis for true democratic society and government.

    I have no qualm about the news by Reuters, which raises awareness of the predicament the silent majority of Ethiopians, when the elites are twisted and turned by ethnic and secessionist politics and policies for the last 24 years under ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and or state capitalism, which has no semblance of democracy Social and/or liberal) and free market capitalism at from the stand point of ownership of land anywhere in Ethiopia, whre an an Ethiopian feels the land is my land from Harerge to Gurague, from Sellale to Negele, from Nekempte to Kotue, from Afar to Harrar from Goner to Jimma aba Jiffar, from Silte to Tegulte, where the larger ethnic groups represent the roots or the stem and relatively larger and smaller ethnic groups as the bigger and smaller branches of a tree, each having a specific functions to represent the whole organism, called Ethiopia for harmonious existence with the individual as the center and basis for democracy, but not the ethnic group as the bases for democracy.

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    Ctd t0 #1, Abugidainfo please forward the Article from Ethiomedia: “The unraveling of ethnic federalism–why ethnic elites undermine national, social and economic cohesion by Aklog Birara, PHD on the political front, while the former changes the TPLF/eprdf regime on the economic front, where the political and economic model of the TPLF/eprdf regime, which I have encapsulated as “Ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and/or state capitalism to accommodate both the political and economic models for further discussions.

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    Ctd from #2 “Ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and/or state capitalism, supported by crony capitalism of TPLF/Political, TPLF/EFFORT, TPLF affiliated enterprises and foreign corporations engaged in political, economic and political strangle hold of the silent majority of Ethiopians and Ethiopia, is a political ideology on the other spectrum of Ethiopian Nationalism. It is an ideology accommodating both political and economic models that denies the silent majority of Ethiopians free market capitalism beginning of denying private ownership of Ethiopians anywhere in Ethiopia and serving as a prelude to ethnic secessionism based of newly demarcated Killils, ethnic cleansing according to the narratives @ (, the major contender to TPLF/eprdf regime.

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