Ethiopia Situation Report - April 2016

Ethiopia Situation Report - April 2016
Apr 2016

Key messages

  • Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have tripled since the beginning of 2015 as one of the strongest El Niño events on record has caused severe drought, leading to successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths.
  • Food insecurity and malnutrition rates remain high. Insufficient access to and availability of food has caused humanitarian needs to increase. The current situation requires simultaneous and immediate scaling up of multi-sectoral lifesaving and livelihood support along with investment in resilience building efforts in the most affected and at-risk areas.
  • Escalating needs require scaled up response. With extremely limited means of production for the upcoming planting season, farming communities will remain vulnerable and increasingly unable to access food.
  • The El Niño-induced drought is not just a food crisis – above all, it is a livelihood crisis. Over 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture for their food and income – significant production losses have severely diminished households’ food security and purchasing power, forcing many to sell their remaining agricultural assets and abandon their livelihoods.