The European Union allocates an additional $179750175 (€165million) in response to the Horn of Africa Drought – Reliefweb

Key Issues

  • Government providing over 250,000 bales of grass for livestock support in Somali region

  • The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates US$21 million to critical emergency needs

  • The European Union allocates an additional $179,750,175 (€165million) in response to the Horn of Africa Drought

Back-to-back seasons of poor or non-existent rainfall in 2015, exacerbated by the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record in the same year, led to the worst drought in decades in Ethiopia in 2016. While the country continues to respond to residual needs from the past drought, below average rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole have left 5.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017. Some US$948 million is urgently required to respond to the new humanitarian needs.

Government providing over 250,000 bales of grass for livestock support in Somali region

The worsening drought continues to deteriorate livestock situation in Somali region. Reports indicate that livestock productivity has been declining and livestock death is increasing in all southern zones of the region. The Government of Ethiopia-federal and regional- are providing livestock feed support in affected areas. Accordingly, some 200,000 bales– of a total of 250,000 bales stored in Jijiga – have been delivered to the most affected zones. In response to the Somali Regional Government’s request for partner support to transport the remaining 50, 000 bales, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agreed to cover the transport cost. FAO has already identified transport service providers and expects the fodder to reach beneficiaries in the respective zones during the coming week.

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The Somali Regional Government is supporting livestock interventions at an estimated cost of US$7.5 million and an additional $1,313,571 (ETB30 million) loan from the federal Government.
Partners have also allocated close to $7.2 million for livestock emergency response, leaving a gap of $65 million to address all identified needs in the regional Government response plan. The rising fodder price over the last few months is also another challenge to the response. Implementing partners applied for projects using a 2 to 3 birr per kilo cost estimate but the current market prices ranges from 7 to 8 birr per kilo, which will affect the overall project cost and beneficiary numbers.

The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates US$21 million to critical emergency needs

The OCHA-managed Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates $21million to provide immediate response to prioritized needs in Nutrition, WaSH, Agriculture, Education, Health and Protection. The allocation strategy priorities are based on the 2017 Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) released in January 2017 and the Inter-Cluster prioritization exercise conducted in early March 2017. From the total $21 million allocation, $5million is for NGO support to Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in woredas most affected by drought, $4.5 million for WaSH, and $2.5 million for Agriculture. The purchase of supplemental food (CSB++) for the moderately malnourished and the Education Cluster will receive $2million each, while $1.5 million goes for health. Purchase of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), Protection and Emergency Shelter and Non- Food Items(ES/NFIs) receive $1miliioon each, while $0.5 million is allocated for Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

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Early in the year, the EHF allocated $17 million to address the immediate needs in WaSH, Health,
Nutrition and Agriculture sectors in the new drought belt. The allocation served as a bridging response between the last two months of the 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

The European Union allocates an additional $179,750,175 (€165million) in response to the Horn of Africa Drought

On 17 March 2017, the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced a support package of $179,750,175 (€165million) to address the multiple crises in the Horn of Africa region. According to the press release, the new allocation is in response to the needs arising from the severe famine in South Sudan and the dire droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. From the total $179,750,175 ((€165million), $108,939,500 (€100 million) is allocated to South Sudan of which $32,681,850 (€30 million) goes to immediate live-saving activities, while $76,257,650 (€70 million) will go for the continued provision of protection and other basic support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan. The remaining $70,810,675 (€65 million) is in response to the serious droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. From this package, Ethiopia receives $31,295,349.25 (€29million) of which $15,108,099.64 (€14million) is for refugee response and $16,187,249.61 (€15million) goes for the drought response.
For further information contact: ocha-eth@un.org

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