Of the 216 priority one woredas, 187 are priority one for the Agriculture sector. Without timely response in these areas, further deterio-ration is likely. Protection of core-breeding and milking livestock is vital – including supplementary animal feed, fodder production and animal health services. Such activities protect key livelihood assets and ensure milk availability for children. Providing a range of crop seeds for drought-affected households will protect livelihoods, reduce pressure on humanitarian assistance, and shorten the recovery period. These interventions ultimately improve household food security and nutrition outcomes.
Food security has deteriorated over recent months in most of Afar due to the extended Gilal season (the cool, dry period usually lasting until December) and the current low Belg rain. Similarly in some parts of southern Tigray, poor Belg rains delayed harvests by up to 2 months with volumes 40% below average.
Flooding destroyed pastures and food crops, and killed livestock, causing serious humanitarian concern in several regions. Conflict among communities in Somali and Oromia, and more recently between SNNPR and Oromia, has led to an alarming number of IDPs.
A comprehensive, multi-sectoral livelihood approach is required to tackle the needs of drought, flood and conflict displaced communites.