Tag Archives: Food insecurity

Incomparable Ethiopia & Kenya:       Ethiopia may have grown but Kenyans are better off

26 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Standard Digital
 

“There is the making of a real potential disaster here [in Ethiopia]…because the government will simply not acknowledge the number of people who need help”.

As the world woke up to news that Ethiopia had overtaken Kenya to become Eastern Africa’s largest economy, a number of conflicting developments were also taking place in Addis Ababa.
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Floods destroy meagre crops in Ethiopia’s lush highlands

15 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The worst drought for decades in Ethiopia’s northern highlands has ended, but unusually heavy downpours threaten to ruin crops and exacerbate food insecurity as flash flooding turns roads to rivers and swamps fields Photographs by James Whitlow Delano/USAid

The worst drought for decades in Ethiopia’s northern highlands has ended, but unusually heavy downpours threaten to ruin crops and exacerbate food insecurity as flash flooding turns roads to rivers and swamps fields
Photographs by James Whitlow Delano/USAid via The Guardian

In its latest report, Fews.Net notes that the June to September Kiremt rains have gradually decreased since mid-August, although rainfall totals in most northern and western areas remained above average.
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Can aid reform end Ethiopia’s repeated hunger emergencies?

5 May

Editor’s Note:

    TEO has been writing for several years now that PSNP is simply a palliative, not solution to Ethiopia’s drought, poverty problems and continuing food insecurity. The problem is systemic, now under the TPLF, official corruption, state violence and capital flight. In terms of monies, it has been using the nation’s resources strictly t benefit the warlords in power and their families and allies, not toward national development that benefits the people – not in petty projects that benefit.

    The TPLF in power is serving its interests, dividing the country into ethnic groups and bantustanizing the nation. How could national leadership without national loyalty unite the people and help them become full participants in the affairs of the nation? How could there be development in such a situation.

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Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Katy Migiro, Reuters
 
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Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 30 years. Can the government stop famine this time?

20 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Arron Reza Merat

NORTH WOLLO, Ethiopia — For decades past, poor Ethiopians lived at the mercy of a royal court that neglected them and a military junta that imposed upon them a dysfunctional command economy. When the rains didn’t come, hundreds of thousands of people starved to death.
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Conflict & drought continue to lead to high phases of acute food insecurity in Horn nations, including Ethiopia, from Sept to Dec 2015

4 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

We have reached a stage where the ugly possibility of hunger is feared to reach the 15 million population threshold, and thus the need for massive humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia between October and December 2015 and in early 2016. While hoping it won’t develop into that if already good work is accomplished, nonetheless, tve prospect is worrying United Nations officials, as the AFP implicitly made reference to it last Friday.
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Ethiopia-donors-UN agree 4.5 million Ethiopians now in need of food aid after poor rains; TPLF got lowest threshold

25 Aug

Editor’s Note:

    UN agencies and non-governmental organizations operating in Ethiopia know that this 4.5 million people in need of food aid figure is a heavily negotiated number. Otherwise, given the size of the areas affected by the drought, and especially agricultural lands in Gojam and Oromia facing drought and possible famine, the present number is very small.
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አፋርና ሶማሌ ክልሎች ለግብርና ኢንቨስትመንት ሰፋፊ መሬቶችን ለማዕከላዊ መንግሥት እንዲያሰረክቡ ተወሰነ!

25 Jul

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    ይህ አስፈላጊው የሕግና መዋቅራዊ ሁኔታ ሳይኖር፡ መሬት ያላግባብ ከሕዝብ እየተሰባሰበ (እየተፈናቀለ) የሚፈጸመው በእውነትም ለሃገራችን ልማትና ዕድገት ቢሆን ኖር፥ ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ በተደሰተ ነበር። ነገር ግን በሌሎቹ የኢትዮጵያ ክፍሎች እስከዛሬ እንዳየነው ከሆነ፡ ቀዳሚ ተጠቅሚዎቹ የሕወሃት ባለሥልጣናት፡ ቅጥረኞቻቸው፡ የእነርሱ ልጆች፣ ጓደኞቻቸው ናቸው። ከዚያ ካለፈም፡ ዞር ብለው በራሱ በሕወሃት አስተዳደር የሚስቁበት ባዕዳን ናቸው የኢትዮጵያን መሬት ተጠቃሚ የሆኑበት።
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Why Wall Street investors and Chinese firms are buying farmland all over the world

21 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by vox.com

    As the world’s population soars past 7 billion, farmland and freshwater are becoming increasingly valuable resources.

CRITICS WORRY THAT THE TRADE HAS SPURRED A RISE IN ‘LAND GRABBING’

And, in response, a growing number of companies and investors — Wall Street traders, Chinese state corporations, Gulf sheiks — have been buying up farmland abroad. The trade has been booming since 2007, when a spike in grain prices got everyone fretting about shortages. The purchases help countries like China and Saudi Arabia secure food supplies and conserve water domestically. But critics worry that the trade has also spurred a rise in “land grabs” — when sellers in countries like Ethiopia or Cambodia forcibly acquire the farmland from locals in the first place.
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