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Ethiopia: Drought Continues to Threaten 9.7 million People

US$900 million needed for 2017 Ethiopia drought response while the global need reaches record $22.2 billion

In the 2017 Ethiopia drought, it is anticipated that 5.6 million people require food assistance; 1.2 million children and pregnant mothers will require supplementary feeding; 9.2 million people will be without safe drinking water and 2.4 million households will need livestock support.

By UN OCHA,

Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians.

Urgent funding gaps for the response remain across multiple sectors to the end of 2016, notably for response to Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), for interventions in animal health and food assistance. Continue reading Ethiopia: Drought Continues to Threaten 9.7 million People

Ethiopian Food Aid Jammed Up in Djibouti Port

Lack of sufficient storage facility at the port of Djibouti and Ethiopia’s bureaucratic customs processing creates unimaginable congestion and a bottleneck with ships stuck out in the bay unable to berth and unload for months. Currently, 12 stranded ships carrying 476,750 metric tons of wheat are waiting to unload.

By James Jeffrey,

Bags of wheat speed down multiple conveyor belts to be heaved onto trucks lined up during the middle of a blisteringly hot afternoon beside the busy docks of Djibouti Port. Once loaded, the trucks set off westward toward Ethiopia carrying food aid to help with its worst drought for decades.

With crop failures ranging from 50 – 90 percent in parts of the country, Ethiopia, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest wheat consumer, was forced to seek international tenders and drastically increase wheat purchases to tackle food shortages effecting at least 10 million people. Continue reading Ethiopian Food Aid Jammed Up in Djibouti Port