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WFP Ethiopia Drought Emergency Situation Report #5, July-August 2017 – Ethiopia

Highlights

  • More than 8.5 million people now need food assistance in Ethiopia following back-to-back droughts. WFP is targeting 5.5 million people in Ethiopia with emergency food and cash assistance, including nutrition support for the most vulnerable and refugees.

  • Thanks to generous contributions from donors, WFP will be able to restore full rations to all 600,000 refugees beginning from October.

  • After weeks of delays, due to discussions with the Government of Ethiopia over transfer modalities in the Somali Region, food distributions as part of Round 5 of relief assistance to 93 woredas are currently ongoing.

In Numbers

8.5 million people in need of emergency food assistance in the second half of 2017.

3.3 million people in the Somali Region targeted to receive WFP’s relief assistance in Round 5 (of which 1.6 million are PSNP clients).

1.6 million children, and pregnant and nursing mothers in need of specialized nutritious food to prevent and treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).

Situation Update

  • More than 8.5 million people now need food assistance in Ethiopia following back-to-back droughts. This includes 3.3 million people in the Somali Region targeted to receive WFP’s relief assistance in Round 5 (of which 1.6 million are PSNP clients).

  • Scarce water supplies have driven people from home areas and aggravated the spread of acute watery diarrhoea. In pastoralist, lowland areas, rains are only expected in October. Food from the Summer Meher harvest from highland areas is not expected to be available before the end of 2017.

  • The Somali Region is the epicentre of the 2017 drought and the centre of WFP operations in Ethiopia. In August, the number in need of food relief in the region increased from 1.7 million to 3.3 million (60 percent of the population in the region). Thanks to recent donor contributions, WFP is now covering all needs, but requires additional resources to sustain this level of support through the end of 2017 and into the new year.

  • Depending on needs and where markets functioning, WFP provides a combination of cash and food, WFP will provide nearly half a million people with cash transfers in the Somali Region.

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