Ethiopia faces a serious food crisis after consecutive rain failures in 2015, combined with erratic El Niño weather conditions. In the past two years, almost every part of Ethiopia has experienced below average rainfall. Pastoralist communities in southern and south-eastern lowland areas have suffered heavy livestock losses and reduced access to food. Malnutrition rates are rising across the country. There are now 7.7 million people in need of food assistance – an increase of 2.2 million people since 2016. Water shortages are exacerbating the ongoing acute watery diarrhoea outbreak, particularly in the Somali region where there is a concurrent measles outbreak.

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Publication date: 02/06/2017

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National Societies
Africa, Ethiopian Red Cross Society
Africa, Ethiopia
Food insecurity
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