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.
Following the government and humanitarian partner’s mid-year assessments to reflect the changes in a humanitarian context in Ethiopia, and taking into consideration two years of drought, conflict and record high IDP’s; the 2018 Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) has been revised to reflect a funding gap of USD 416.4 million, it was learnt.
A new report jointly released by the Ethiopian government and donors on the number of people in need of food aid remains unchanged. The recent figures indicated by the report is now at 7.8 million people.
As part of the ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of the drought, Ethiopian government is to purchase four million quintals of wheat which is estimated to cost the government around four billion birr.
The World Bank (WB) last week approved a USD 600 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the government of Ethiopia’s vision of building a national safety net system to provide effective support in chronically food insecure rural areas.