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Ethiopia: 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Snapshot (as of 22 May 2017)

ON 17 JANUARY 2017, THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA AND HUMANITARIAN PARTNERS LAUNCHED THE HUMANITARIAN REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT (HRD) FOR 2017. Back-to-back seasons of poor or non-existent rainfall in 2015, exacerbated by the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record in the same year, led to the worst drought in decades in Ethiopia in 2016. While the country continues to respond to residual needs from the past drought, below average rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole have left 5.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017. Some US$948 million is urgently required for the multisector response. On 25 April, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) stated that at least 2.2 million people require food assistance, in addition to the 5.6 million relief food beneficiaries identified in the 2017 HRD bringing the new total to 7.78 million. The surges in need are attributed to the deepening drought conditions in the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist southern and south eastern regions – with potentially the third consecutive failed rainy season in the making; the meher harvest loss due to frost in Borena, East Hararge Guji, West Guji and lowlands of Bale zones of Oromia region and South Omo zones of SNNP region; and the escalating impact of the quickly spreading Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) outbreak in drought affected areas, particularly Somali region.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
22 May 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot
Humanitarian Financing
Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018