Ethiopia

Food assistance needs in Ethiopia rising for 2010, UN relief wing reports

3 February 2010 – The number of people in Ethiopia who will need food assistance this year has risen to 5.2 million, an increase of several hundred thousand from estimates released just two months ago by United Nations relief agencies and the Horn of Africa nation’s Government.

The worsening food security situation is attributed to poor rainfall last year, particularly during the February-May and June-October seasons, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

According to the humanitarian requirements document for Ethiopia, launched yesterday in Addis Ababa, the total net emergency food requirement from January to December 2010 and non-food needs for the first six months of this year amounts to $286.4 million.

UN humanitarian arm allocates $100 million to respond to 14 neglected crises

18 January 2010 – The United Nations today allocated some $100 million to boost the humanitarian response in 14 ongoing but underfunded emergencies, ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen, where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease and conflict.

UN agencies and their partners in Ethiopia received the single largest allocation of some $17 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) coming in second with approximately $16 million.

Assembly of the African Union

01/31/2010 00:00
02/02/2010 00:00
Indian/Antananarivo

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Assembly of the African Union, 14th Ordinary Session

Theme “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development” (

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Date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2010 - Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Executive Council of the African Union

01/28/2010 00:00
01/29/2010 00:00
Indian/Antananarivo

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Executive Council of the African Union, 16th Ordinary Session

Theme: “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development”

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Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - Friday, January 29, 2010

Ethiopian and UN officials devise plan to boost maternal and newborn health

6 January 2010 – United Nations agencies and Ethiopian health officials have developed a comprehensive two-year work plan to boost maternal and newborn health and survival in the Horn of Africa nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced.

The work plan focuses on both immediate and long-term interventions and involves increasing demand, access and utilization of quality maternal and newborn health services, as well as improving the quality of these services.

In addition, it focuses on strengthening monitoring and evaluation of these services, and improving managerial and institutional capacity, advocacy and partnerships to encourage increased political and financial commitment.

Nearly 5 million Ethiopians will need food aid in first half of 2010

8 December 2009 – Some 4.8 million Ethiopians will require emergency food and related aid costing $270 million for the first six months of 2010 in a country already plagued by prolonged drought and crop failure, according to United Nations estimates released today.

“Despite the collaborative efforts of the Government and humanitarian partners to address ongoing humanitarian challenges in Ethiopia, humanitarian needs are expected to remain,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, citing a joint plan led by Ethiopian authorities, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors.

Tackling Weaknesses in Agricultural Statistics in Africa: the LSMS-ISA Project

November 23, 2009—The World Bank’s World Development Report 2008 highlighted the key role of agriculture in meeting the 2015 targets laid out by the Millennium Development Goals. Soon after the report was published in late 2007, the global food crisis sharply underlined the need for sound agricultural policy and stronger agricultural information systems.

The World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working together on a new initiative aimed at improving agricultural data in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the heart of this project is engagement with government counterparts in both line ministries and national statistical offices to design and implement panel household surveys emphasizing agriculture.

Spain doubles aid for UN food operation in Horn of Africa

19 November 2009 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a boost today for its emergency relief efforts feeding millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa, with the announcement of a $112 million donation from Spain.

“This extraordinary contribution brings hope and help to the 20 million most vulnerable people that we are committed to assisting in the Horn of Africa,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

WFP has scaled up aid efforts to people living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia who have been struck hard by prolonged drought, recurring conflict, stubborn high food prices and the global financial crisis.

Millions of poor across Africa set to suffer deepening food crisis

10 November 2009 – Despite good global cereal harvests this year, millions of people in dozens of poor countries are in desperate need of emergency humanitarian aid due to stubbornly high food prices, the United Nations agricultural agency warned in a report released today.

Critical food insecurity is affecting 31 countries and the situation is particularly acute in East Africa, where prolonged drought and mounting conflict have left an estimated 20 million people in need of food aid, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

World Bank Provides $480 Million to Combat Food Insecurity in Ethiopia

Press Release No:2010/111/AFR

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2009 - The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank today approved a $350 million grant and a $130 million credit from the International Development Association to the Government of Ethiopia to support an innovative program that is keeping millions of families out of extreme poverty and helping them to achieve food security.

This financing is for the third phase of the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) which provides transfers to 7.6 million rural citizens in 292 woredas in Afar, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Harare, Oromiya, Somali, Southern Nations and Nationalities (SNNP) and Tigray Regions.

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