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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

The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

Alex de Waal writes, “There is no famine in Ethiopia . . . Ethiopians aren’t starving to death . . . People aren’t dying . . .  Animals are dying of thirst . . .” But isn’t it distasteful in some ways to build a career on the suffering of other people?

By Prof. Al Mariam,

Last week, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times (International Edition), Alex de Waal from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared the end of the “era of great famines” and proudly announced to the world, “Ethiopians aren’t starving to death”, only their “animals are dying of thirst.” Of course, that is exactly what USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith said in her recent interview. I guess they all use the same talking points.

de Waal proclaimed: Continue reading The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

Over 7.5 Million Ethiopians Going Hungry as Food Crisis in the Country Worsens

Deja vu all over again. Hunger is once again threatening vast swathes of Ethiopia. Today, over 7.5 million Ethiopians are facing “acute malnutrition” that is growing above the international thresholds that define an emergency. But why such recurring problem hits Ethiopia every year but not the arid neighboring state Eritrea? The fundamental problem in Ethiopia lies on poor governance, not drought; incompetent and indifferent governance than environmental factors.

By AFP,

The number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon with around 7.5 million people now in need, aid officials said Friday.

That number has nearly doubled since August, when the United Nations said 4.5 million were in need — with the UN now warning that without action some “15 million people will require food assistance” next year, more than inside war-torn Syria. Continue reading Over 7.5 Million Ethiopians Going Hungry as Food Crisis in the Country Worsens