The overall good performance of the 2010 belg and meher rains contributed to improving the food security situation in areas that benefit from the seasonal rains, apart for some pockets in the eastern lowlands areas. The food security situation is, however, deteriorating in the south and south eastern pastoral and agro-pastoral areas following poor performance of the 2010 deyr/hagaya rains (October to December), which has resulted in water and pasture shortage.
Accordingly, the findings of the multi-agency assessment and subsequent monitoring results indicate that approximately 2.8 million people require relief food assistance in 2011.
The total net emergency food requirement from January to December 2011 and non-food needs for the first six months amounts to USD 180,561,400. The net food requirement, including TSF needs, stands at 234,017 MT, estimated to cost around USD 180,561,400. In addition a total of USD 45,979,151 is required to respond to non-food needs of identified beneficiaries in the health and nutrition, water and sanitation and agriculture and education sectors.