4.5 Million People in Dire Need of Food in Ethiopia

Published By : 25 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The United Nations agencies have reported that around 4.5 million people in Ethiopia are in dire need of food, owing to poor rain in the country. Initially, the number was projected to sit at 2.9 million, but the actual figure is showing an increase of 55% on the initial projections, which means that the country urgently requires an additional fund of US$230 million from donors to meet these essentials.

The acting humanitarian coordinator and representative of UNICEF, Ms. Gillian Mellsop, stated that donors had been very generous towards Ethiopians, but they need more to avoid human suffering in the country. The situation that they are facing today have prompt them to make a significant change in their plans and scale up the assistance now, she added.

Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, which reported a double-digit development in every year over the previous decade, but poor rains this year have had disturbing consequences for its 96 million people in terms of food supplies.

Mr. David Del Conte, acting head of Ocha in Ethiopia, stated that the belg rains were far worse than what was predicted by the National Meteorology Agency of Ethiopia in the starting of 2015, which fueled the food insecurity, increasing malnutrition in the country.

In August, 2015, Fewsnet reported that the continued unusual deaths and unseasonal migration of livestock have impacted the livestock demand and, in turn, the prices, which are showing steep decline. During the first 3 weeks of July, there was very little rain and the rainfall during the period of June to September was below average in most central, eastern, and southern crop-yielding regions in the nation.
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