Tag Archives: Drought & famine

A historical reflection on famine in Ethiopia

25 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Dawit Wolde Giorgis, former Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (RRC)(An edited excerpt from my book “Red Tears” which I found relevant to the current drought in Ethiopia)

Drought is a natural phenomenon but it is often the reaction of society and governments that creates a famine. This article examines the reactions of past rulers to food shortages in Ethiopia. One of the gifts of history is that it can teach us what may happen through what has happened so that society and governments learn from them but rarely do. They would rather commit the mistakes and then regret their own decisions because it results in the unnecessary death and suffering of many, or the demise of the regimes.
The current crisis as stated by The Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) is summarized:
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Ethiopia seed bank’s novel approach to preserving diversity under threat

20 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Claire Provost

    Private investment in seeds is one of the stated indicators of success for the G8’s landmark agriculture and poverty plan in Ethiopia. Under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Ethiopia is to change its seed law and policies to increase and incentivise private investment in the development, multiplication and distribution of seeds.

    This could spell disaster for small farmers, says Million Belay, co-ordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. “It clearly puts seed production and distribution in the hands of companies … Yes, agriculture needs investment, but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse to bring greater control over farmers’ lives.”

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በድርቅ ምክንያት በምግብ እጥረት ለተጎዱ ዜጎች ዕርዳታ ሊጠየቅ ነው – አሁንም የዘገየ ጥያቄ!

11 Aug

በውድነህ ዘነበ

በዓመቱ አጋማሽ ላይ በተከሰተው የበልግ ዝናብ አለመኖር ምክንያት የምግብ እጥረት ላጋጠማቸው በሚሊዮን ለሚቆጠሩ ዜጎች የሚያስፈልገው የዕርዳታ ምግብና ቁሳቁስ መጠን፣ በዚህ ሳምንት መጀመሪያ ለለጋሾች ይፋ ይደረጋል፡፡ ከየካቲት እስከ ግንቦት ወር 2004 ዓ.ም. ባለው ጊዜ በልግ አብቃይ የሆኑ አካባቢዎች በኤልኒኖ ክስተት ምክንያት የዝናብ እጥረት ስላጋጠማቸው የምግብ ችግር ተፈጥሯል፡፡
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Study foresees hunger in Ethiopia’s future, despite economic growths

30 Apr

By William Davison

A report forecasting increasing hunger in parts of Ethiopia in the next few decades makes agonizing reading for a proud people eager to see their nation’s reputation for human misery banished.
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Ethiopia receives World Bank financing to help 8.3 million food insecure people through 2015

9 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Although Ethiopia has been fighting to get past its hunger and famine image, it has hardly managed to do so with several million people still dependent on international food aid — just to be alive.

It should not come as surprise that, during a presentation on 4 April 2012 at Stanford University, California, in response to a questioner’s concern about Ethiopian productivity and the various policy bottlenecks and poverty-related problems, Bill Gates explained, “Ethiopia is a very interesting case, because it has more food insecure people who need food aid than any country in the world.”
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The agricultural dilemma in Ethiopia: foreign farm investors trickling with the nation showing no signs of moving toward food security

29 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

As if it were a rehearsal for year-end message, in early November the ministry of agriculture announced, “Ethiopia is working towards commercializing agriculture and [realizing] its full potential to provide each household surplus and income for its growing population.” As an idea that looks to the future or possible indication of intent, there is nothing wrong with that — except that the officials preferred to be opaque when it came to linking the anticipated outcome with the means they would employ.
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Greed for power, human rights violations & misuse of aid in Ethiopia interwoven, research by UK-based investigative media group reveals

5 Aug

Revealed: Aid to Ethiopia increases despite serious human rights abuses

August 4th, 2011 | by Angus Stickler and Caelainn Barr | Published in All Stories, Ethiopia Aid Exposed | (Source: http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/)

Britain and the international community stand accused of turning a blind eye to widespread human rights abuses in Ethiopia, by providing billions of dollars of aid despite evidence that it is used as a tool of political oppression.

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