Aid Group: Ethiopia Needs Help
USAID has already begun working with the GOE and other donors to explore ways to assist small holder farmers meet their seed requirements for upcoming planting seasons.
Addis Ababa―While USAID/Food for Peace has provided 466,450 metric tons of emergency food assistance worth approximately $320 million since October 2014 to support food-insecure populations, it is also worth looking at other U.S. emergency interventions which are helping to mitigate the impact of the drought. Together with our NGO partners, we are helping Ethiopian health workers to provide emergency nutrition interventions for malnourished children in drought-affected woredas throughout the country. Addressing malnutrition as early as possible is critical for children’s health.
Because lack of water causes a whole host of problems, we are also ramping up our support to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) rapid Water and Sanitary Hygiene (WASH) response program. With U.S. and European support, IRC and its partners are implementing emergency WASH interventions in 38 woredas in Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Tigray and SNNP regions. Their interventions include rehabilitation and maintenance of existing water supply systems, distribution of household-level water treatment chemicals, hygiene promotion, training of water management committees and technicians, and water rationing assistance.
To help pastoralist communities deal with the current crisis, USAID has recently scaled up animal health services, commercial destocking and cash transfers to the most vulnerable households.
These interventions cannot help everyone affected by the drought, but together with the efforts of the GOE and other international donors—they are providing assistance for some of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable households, but these and other households will need more support over the coming year. In addition to the food and other life essentials for people and feed for livestock needed immediately, farmers and pastoralists currently living hand-to-mouth will need assistance to get back on their feet and begin rebuilding their ability to be self-sufficient. USAID has already begun working with the GOE and other donors to explore ways to assist small holder farmers meet their seed requirements for upcoming planting seasons.