The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany committed 1,000,000 Euros until the end of 2015 to support the efforts of the World Food Program (WFP) in Ethiopia. The grant is given to provide emergency food assistance for Eritrean, Sudanese, South Sudanese, and Somali refugees in the country. With this grant WFP will provide food for refugees, targeted supplementary feeding for malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women as well as school feeding programs.
In a statement, the German Embassy in Addis Abeba said, “in addition, the fund will also be used to support income generating and livelihood diversification activities such as beekeeping, vegetable gardening and animal fattening.”
A statement issued by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and was released in early August this year is replete with paragraphs showing the unmistakable difference between a drought in Ethiopia and Australia. The effect of a rain pattern delayed by a season or two in Ethiopia means “Food insecurity is widespread and rates of acute malnutrition are growing now above the international thresholds that define an emergency.”
The Life & Peace Institute’s Horn of Africa Regional Program held its first Horn of Africa Bulletin Forum (HABForum) on ’Mobility and Migration in in the Horn of Africa: East African Migrants in South Sudan’. The Forum, which was held on Oct. 1st, was opened by the South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, and convened civil society actors, international organizations, IGAD and the African Union.