WFP Ethiopia Drought Emergency Situation Report #4, June 2017
7.8 million people in need of relief food assistance under the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document.
4.2 million people reached with relief assistance by the joint WFP-GoE response in May.
2.6 million children, and pregnant and nursing mothers in need of specialized nutritious food to treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Of this, 1.3 million live in Nutrition Hotspot Priority 1 woredas (districts).
- With current resources, WFP will only be able to assist 1 million people in the Somali Region, meaning that WFP will be unable to cover the food needs of 700,000 vulnerable people that have been receiving WFP assistance since March.
- As a result of the lower than expected spring rainfall the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) caseload is expected to be revised after the Mid-Year-Review of the 2017 HRD due to be launched in the coming weeks.
- July onwards, WFP will be forced to reduce cereal rations by 37 percent in most of the refugee camps due to limited resources, representing the second major cut in the last 20 months. WFP urgently requires USD 42 million to support 600,000 refugees till December.
- Under the current 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), 7.8 million people are in need of food assistance in Ethiopia.
- Results of the 2017 multi-sector and multiagency Mid-Year Needs Assessment indicate that the 2017 Belg rains have been poor in many parts of the country. Due to which, the Belg crop production will be below normal this year. In the Belg dependent areas of Oromia this is the third year with below normal rainfall. In addition, despite improved rains in late April and May, livestock production is not expected to improve in pastoral areas.
- As a result of the lower than expected spring rainfall the HRD caseload is expected to be revised up after the Mid-Year-Review of the 2017 HRD, due to be launched in the coming weeks.
- In the Somali region, the situation is particularly dire for the 1.7 million people who rely solely on WFP for food. WFP’s current resources will be able to provide assistance to only 1 million of the planned 1.7 million people through July, just as the lean season starts.
- Due to funding constrains, in July, WFP will be forced once again to reduce cereal rations to refugees by 37 percent in most of the refugee camps, representing the second major cut in the last 20 months.
- According to the Government’s National Flood Task Force, more than 1.5 million people are projected to be affected by flooding during the summer/kiremt season, of whom nearly 500,000 people are expected to be displaced. The Somali region is not expected to be affected.