UN: 8.5 million people in Ethiopia to require food aid in second half of 2017



At least 8.5 million people will require relief food assistance in Ethiopia in the second half of 2017, up from 5.6 million in January, the United Nations has said.

Ethiopia is still recovering from the devastating 2016 El-Nino induced drought, though poor performance of the spring rains this year in the southern and eastern parts of the country, compounded by disease outbreaks, large scale loss of livelihood assets and displacement, has exacerbated drought conditions.

The UN revised its funds aid appeal to $487.7 million to address identified food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year.

The Government of Ethiopia officially announced the Mid-Year Review of the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) on 07 August 2017.

It noted that some 3.6 million moderately malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers will require supplementary feeding; some 10.5 million people will require support for regular access to safe drinking water and some 2.2 million households will require livestock support.

On 03 August 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $137 million funding or the 2017 humanitarian requirement for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. This brings the total humanitarian funding by the United States for Ethiopia and Kenya to more than $458 million in 2017.

This additional funding supports emergency food assistance in the provision of more than 111,000 metric tons of relief food for approximately three million people. The additional funding also provides specialized nutrition supplies for malnourished children, and safe drinking water and essential health services for millions affected by drought.

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