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World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, FAO report warns

6 Mar

Editor’s Note:

    The future Trends of food and and challenges, FAO’s 180-page report mentions Ethiopia five times. These span from growth in R&D spending by 2.3 percent to falling hunger from its 1990 level to halving the proportion of undernourished in the population. However the report makes it clear “three-fifths of the world’s extremely poor are concentrated in Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Nigeria. These countries along with five others, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Pakistan and the United Republic of Tanzania, account for more than 70 percent of the extremely poor” on our planet.

    Another point highlighted by the report is the role of genetically modified organism (GMO) in agriculture and the controversy surrounding its suitability to human, animal health and the environment. The authors’ recommendation, as approved by the FAO, is to zero in on evaluating the potential risks and benefits on a case-by-case basis.
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UN warns of Ethiopia’s worsening hunger crisis, as 10m people are at risk food aid not reaching the hungry.Silently everyone realizes TPLF number is static by design!

8 Mar

Editor’s Note:

    On March 7, 2016, the United Nation put on record:

      “Delayed and incomplete food assistance, as well as limited access to water and sanitation services in drought-affected areas are increasing the risk of communicable diseases.”


      The United States Aid for International Development (USAID), Ethiopia’s largest relief aid provider observes:
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Added push factors for Ethiopians escaping death to flee their nation: drought, thirst, hunger & human rights violations; food & water distribution depends on politics & luck – even local media report

20 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In a December 19, 2015 article, which took Dawit Taye, a staff writer for The Reporter, 18 days and 7,000km into some of the heartlands of Ethiopia’s present drought – Oromia, SNNPR, Amhara and Tigray – wrote:

    “Nevertheless, the distribution of food aid is highly problematic according to The Reporter’s observation. Primarily food aid distribution is santy at best. According to conditions on the ground, the people who are currently receiving food aid are those who have been severely affected by food shortage. Those who have household resources and capacity to withstand for some time have received no food aid, so far.

    Yet again, those receiving the food aid are not even receiving more than 15 kilos of wheat; and since September in most of the woredas [districts] only two rounds of distributions were made (a measurement in par with the international standards). In connection with food aid distribution the issue of nepotism and political connection is criticized to be a major shortcoming; and to that end regional officials have confirmed such incidents and punishment of aid officials implicated in such dealings.”

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Ethiopia in drought & famine: The United Nations is saying “A greater disaster is occurring”!

29 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The following is taken from the report of the United Nations Coordination Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA):

    The food and nutritional situation is deteriorating rapidly. During the third quarter of 2015, WPF assisted some 374,000 moderately malnourished children under-5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women (MAM) with targeted supplementary feeding. This was 54 per cent higher compared to the same time last year. In the last quarter of 2015, more than 700,000 MAM cases are expected to need assistance, twice the number of cases seen the same time last year.
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FAO: 32 percent of Ethiopians are undernourished in 2015

28 May
FAO's Hunger Map 2015

FAO’s Hunger Map 2015

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

FAO defines undernourishment as condition in which a citizen “is not able to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum dietary energy requirements, over a period of one year.” In that sense, for FAO, chronic undernourishment is the other name of hunger.
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UNICEF makes huge contributions to Tigray’s development: What is behind UN agencies’ focus on that region?

24 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

UNICEF today is celebrating something special in Ethiopia – reaching the water Goal 7c of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is not clear why this has become story now, since the TPLF/EPRDF regime has been saying this for that last three years!
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Seeding Ethiopia’s Future Food Security with hybrids, While worrying About GMO Contacts

7 Oct

by Ed Mckenna, IPS   – posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

HailemariamAddis Ababa — Datta Dudettu and his seven children know what is like to go hungry. They live in Woliyta, a drought-prone area in southern Ethiopia that has experienced chronic food shortages. But hopefully, thanks to the successful use of hybrid seed, that is now firmly in the past.
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Rich Ethiopian livestocks: Why processing of skins & hides has failed

17 Mar

Editor’s Note:Numbers paint better pictures.

Volume of Ethiopia's major exports

Several studies and projects have been carried out in Ethiopia over a prolonged period to improve the performance of the sector and through it the lives of ordinary farmers and the pastoralist population.
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