Following the poor performance of the spring Belg rains (from February to May), the number of people receiving humanitarian assistance increased from 5.6 million to 7.8 million in the first quarter of the year and is expected to heighten further in the second half of the year. The Mid-Year-Review of the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) that will inform the actual humanitarian needs is expected to be launched in late July.
The Fall Armyworm infestation is worsening, with about 378,158 hectares of maize cropland affected and is quickly spreading. A total of 374 woredas are affected in six regions up from 233 woredas.
The Government with support from FAO is putting in place several measures to curb the spread of the infestation. Given the magnitude of the potential damage it could cause, more needs to be done and urgently. If not addressed on time, up to 2 million hectares of cropland risk damage. This is likely to further worsen household food security and decreased national grain reserves, as well as negatively impact grain exports.
In June, WFP distributed food to 1.7 million people in the Somali region. Additionally, a total of 779,123 children under five years, pregnant and nursing women in 192 Priority One Woredas in the Somali, Afar, Southern part of Oromia and the Southern Nations Nationalities People’s Region (SNNPR) received specialised nutritious foods to treat and prevent moderate acute malnutrition.
Ethiopia continues to receive South Sudanese refugees. However, the daily arrival rate has reduced from 350 new arrivals per day to about 100 new arrivals per day, which is likely attributed to heavy rainfall along the transport routes. In June, WFP provided food assistance to about 600,000 refugees through general distributions, nutrition interventions for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition and school meals programme.
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