WFP Ethiopia Country Brief, March 2018 – Ethiopia

In Numbers

3.7 million people in the Somali Region are being assisted through WFP’s emergency relief assistance

US$6 m distributed through cash based transfers

US$154 m six months net funding requirement (Apr – Sept 2018)

5.4 million people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

• According to the Humanitarian Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP), 7.88 million people in Ethiopia will require food assistance in 2018.

• In March 2018, WFP reached 3.7 million people with emergency relief assistance in the Somali Region (including 1.6 million people registered under the Government’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and 300,000 people displaced due to conflict). WFP’s emergency relief assistance in the Somali Region consists of a combination of food and cash based modalities, depending on needs and where markets function.

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• The four-month Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP) in the Somali region was concluded in March. From April, acutely malnourished children under five and pregnant and nursing women in all 83 “priority-one” woredas (prioritized districts) in the Somali Region will receive treatment under the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme.

• An estimated 9,850 farmers in Amhara and Tigray regions, registered under the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative received insurance pay-outs (worth US$ 92,000) in March. This was the first time the payout was made in the Amhara Region.

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• Ethiopia remains the second largest refugee hosting state in Africa with 901,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers. In March, WFP distributed food commodities to 669,500 refugees; of which an estimated 144,200 (in 13 refugee camps) also received cash assistance.

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