Contribution to the ICRC 2016 Emergency Appeal for Ethiopia (Food Assistance)
The programme to which this grant contributes aims to restore livelihoods of most drought-affected as well as of violence and conflict affected people in Ethiopia.
The expected result of this intervention is that drought-affected people in Ethiopia have access to seeds and tools for meeting their essential basic needs.
Continuously present in Ethiopia since 1977, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society will distribute seeds, agricultural tools and fishing kits, and provide income support to help violence-affected households to restore their livelihoods in hotspot priority 1 Woredas in regions of Oromia (e.g. East Harerge, West Harerge, West Arsi, Bale), Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (e.g. Alaba, Hadiya), Tigray (e.g. Central, Eastern, Southern) and Gambella (e.g. Nuer and Agnuak) region.
With the Austrian contribution of 500,000 EUR the ICRC and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society will be in a position to assist 8,000 vulnerable households (48,000 people) in hotspot priority 1 Woredas in Ethiopia by distributing:
- 100t rice seeds
- 75t sorghum seeds
- 125t bean seeds
- 62t teff seeds
- 44t maize seeds
- onion and tomato seeds
- 8.000pcs hoes
- 5.500pcs sickles
Following the worst drought in more than 50 years, a major food security emergency continues in eastern and central Ethiopia. Poor 2015 rainfall, largely attributable to the ongoing El Niño, has severely reduced agricultural and pastoral resource production. Poor households in southern Afar and northern Somali Regions are already experiencing Emergency (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 4) acute food insecurity and the breadth and severity of impacts in central and eastern Ethiopia are expected to expand through much of 2016.
Moreover, tensions between Eritrea and Ethiopia persist, but no major changes in the situation have been reported. The Eritrea-Ethiopia border remains sealed and both countries continue to maintain a military presence in disputed areas, with sporadic exchanges of fire along the border. Ethiopia hosts more than 650,000 refugees fleeing instability and violence in neighbouring countries (Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan). Total funding requirements of the ICRC Emergency Appeal Ethiopia 2016 amount to CHF 20.08 mio.