Contribution to IFRC Horn of Africa Food Security Crisis Appeal

Contract partner: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - GenfCountry: Äthiopien Funding amount: € 480.000,00Project start: 01.07.2009End: 05.08.2011

Short Description:

Overall goal

This initiative constitutes a contribution to the IFRC "Horn of Africa: Exceptional Food Security Crisis" Appeal, the revised version of which was launched in June 2009 to assist communities in the Horn of Africa affected by the current complex food-security crisis. Within the area of operation, the contribution is being earmarked for the IFRC operation in Ethiopia.

Overall food-security remains highly problematic in the Horn of Africa. Even though the significant drop in cereals prices in the world markets was followed by a similar decrease in the cost of food in local markets, many families in the region continue to rely on food assistance as prices remain high. Pastoralists, especially in the hot and arid lowlands, remain at very high risk in all of the affected countries. Outbreaks of cholera in Kenya and AWD in Ethiopia illustrate the additional risks they face as a result of constant water stress. Rains have again come late and remain erratic in all of the areas that are covered by the operation.

With regard to Ethiopia, some rain has come to the lowlands but overall it has been late and often erratic: while any rain helps pastures to regenerate to some extent, it will not help the pastoralists to recover from the high levels of livestock mortality. The poor performance of the 2009 (February to June) rains resulted in very poor and, in certain regions, almost zero harvests and were followed by a long dry season since then, negatively affecting pasture, water, and livestock. Even in those areas, where there has been some rain, this has not relieved the situation of those pastoralists who were worst affected by the food crisis and widespread animal mortality of 2008.

The IFRC with its partner the Ethiopian Red Cross Society focuses on providing assistance in the following sectors: Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; Food relief assistance; Health and care; Livelihoods; Risk reduction efforts and capacity development towards improved resilience.

project number2451-01/2009
source of fundingOEZA
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.