Drought striking Ethiopia, leading to hunger crisis
For decades, Ethiopia has struggled with drought, induced by El Niño phenomena. Subsequently, the country suffered from water scarcities, crop failure and food insecurity. The devastating effects of droughts is generally noticed among developing countries such as Ethiopia. These countries, are more vulnerable, due to the lack of infrastructures and food security programmes.
Aid needed to curb the hunger crisis
For a second consecutive year, Ethiopia is facing drought-induced crisis, affecting lives and livelihood within the country. This new episode, is putting a wider threat on the food securities, for a country that had his share of hunger crisis. Over the years, Ethiopia has endured several drought episodes, that strained the agriculture and deteriorated food supplies.
The impact of drought is seen mainly on the sharp deterioration of livestock, and crops, across Ethiopia. As a result, Ethiopians have to face another season of limited food access.
According to the FAO (food Association Organization) “The impact is expected to be most dire in early 2017 among livestock, with unusually early migrations, excess mortality rates and extreme emaciation,” the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement.
The FAO, also highlighted that consecutive droughts are inflicting malnutrition on the population especially on youngsters, pregnant and lactating women. Thus, emergency plans need to be implemented in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries affected. Since Ethiopia, is facing an acute food crisis, food aids shall be provided for those in needs.
“Last year, (we were) … able to mount the biggest drought response operation in global history,” explained Mitiku Kassa, from the National Disaster Risk Management Commission in Ethiopia.
“Today we need that partnership once again as we face a new drought,” he pointed.
In 2016, about 18 million Ethiopians, received $ 1.7 billion in aid, said UN. Spokeswoman to Reuters.
Lately, the UN, apealed for at least $ 900 in aid to control the hunger crisis in Ethiopia.