- 2017 humanitarian projections based on Livelihood, Early Assessment and Protection (LEAP) data and WFP household food security monitoring information data, indicate signs of a new drought in the southern and eastern parts of Ethiopia.
- The relief operation urgently requires USD 120 million to provide critical food assistance to drought affected populations.
- A Joint Assessment Mission was conducted to determine refugee needs for 2017.
The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200712 addresses acute food-insecurity, currently exacerbated by the ongoing drought. The objectives are to transition chronically food-insecure households to a predictable safety net; to provide emergency food assistance for vulnerable households and to address malnutrition through a combination of preventative and curative approaches. The PRRO supports and complements the Government’s social protection, disaster risk management and nutrition programmes.
Following the completion of the 2016 spring harvest assessment, the Government of Ethiopia launched its mid-year revision of humanitarian requirements (HRD).
Out of 9.7 million people in need of emergency food assistance, WFP and the National Disaster Risk Management Commission are responsible for 7.1 million people. With respect to Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treatment, 2.36 million children and women require WFP support with specialized nutritious foods.
Under the provisions of Budget Revision 3 (BR3) to PRRO 200712, WFP intends to meet the needs of 7.6 million people with emergency food assistance and 2.5 million children and women with MAM support.
Although, the official numbers have been reduced as WFP Assistance part of the mid-year HRD revision, WFP will continue to use BR3 figures for the remainder of the year due to the possibility of population displacement as a result of insecurity in Amhara and Oromia regions as well as increased incidents of flooding due to heavy rains.
The PRRO 200700 provides food assistance to 600,000 refugees in Ethiopia. With the recent influx of South Sudanese refugees, the planning figure is expected to increase by 50,000. Ten percent of the people assisted through the PRRO receive a combination of cash and food assistance in 10 camps.
Refugees also benefit from a school meals programme, targeting children attending primary schools and nutrition interventions for prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition. Prevention of moderate acute malnutrition targets children aged 6-23 months, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, while targeted supplementary feeding is for children under the age of five. A small non-food intervention aims to support livelihoods and environmental rehabilitation projects in refugee areas, complementing the resources of partners.
The Country Programme (200253) comprises of: support to the Ethiopian Government in disaster risk management; school meals programme; support to people living with HIV and AIDS; and support to smallholder farmers through Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative. The Country Programme has been extended to the end of the 2016 for Food for Education interventions.
SO 200711 provides safe and reliable air transport to thousands of humanitarian personnel. It is currently undergoing a budget revision to extend it for a year.
SO 200977 supports and augments the logistics capacity of the Government of Ethiopia and other humanitarian partners in the drought response. The Logistics Cluster has been activated to support the response and identify gaps and bottlenecks; propose mitigating measures; augment the logistics coordination and information management capacity; and through WFP, augment the logistics capacity of the Government of Ethiopia humanitarian responders and other humanitarian actors. A budget revision in underway to extend it to March 2017.
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