Ethiopia Situation Report - May 2016

Ethiopia Situation Report - May 2016
May 2016

Key messages

  • Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have tripled since the beginning of 2015 as one of the strongest El Niño events on record 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 multisector lifesaving and livelihood support along with investment in resilience building efforts in the most affected and at-risk areas.
  • Escalating needs require a scaled up response. In areas severely affected by the drought, recent flooding has inundated farmland and killed livestock, eroding farming communities’ already weakened coping capacities.
  • The El Niño-induced drought is not just a food crisis — above all, it is a livelihood crisis. Over 80 percent of the population depend on agriculture for their food and income; affected households require urgent support to resume their livelihoods.