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IGAD issues food insecurity crisiswarning

IGAD issues food insecurity crisiswarning

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) warned that there will be a food insecurity crisis in the Greater Horn Region if the assistance needed is not provided in time, The Reporter has learnt.

IGAD, in its latest statement, has indicated that there will be food insecurity problems in countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.“It  pointed out that although the food insecure population is lower than the number observed during the drought in 2017 which was 15.3 million people, there is still a high risk of worsening situation due to forecasted rainfall deficits,” reads the statement.

The delay in the March to June rains, coupled with forecasted rainfall deficits in April are building on already dry conditions due to poor October to December rains over some parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

In addition, the organization stated that the shortage of rainsin the aforementioned countrieshas already resulted in a poor crop production as well as deteriorating pastures in some agro-pastoral and marginal mixed farming areas.

In this regard, if the poor rainfall continues, particularly, South and Eastern Ethiopia will experience a rapid decline in pastoral conditions.

It is to be recalled that just last week, National Meteorology Agency forecasted that some parts of the regions like Somali, Oromia (Borena) will see little amount of rain and warned that the aforementioned areas will experience a drought in the coming few months.

In this regard, Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)has called for an urgent appeal to the federal government and donors.The party has indicated that places in Somali including “Nogob, Erer, Shabelle, Afdheera, Doollo, Parts of Liban, Jarar and Siti regions in Ogaden are undergoing sever lack of water & food and needs an urgent intervention; please respond before lives are lost.”

According to the latest humanitarian response document, there are around 3.19 million IDPs and IDP returnees who are in need of assistance, out of which, 30 percent are in acute need of assistance. Looking into the details, from the total IDPs and IDP returnees, 47 percent are in Oromia, 32 percent in Somali and 13 percent in SNNP.

Moreover, when it comes to food assistance, there are 8.13 million people in need of food assistance. From this, more than 50 percent of the population lives in Oromia (52 percent) followed by Somali with 25 percent and SNNP 9 percent.

In total, Ethiopia currently needs USD 1.3 billion to manage its humanitarian crisis.