Children at risk in Ethiopia’s unfolding food crisis

September 29,2015
Author: ChildFund Australia
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Seven-year-old Temesgen’s family were unable to plant crops due to the drought and are struggling to afford enough food [photo credit: ChildFund]
Seven-year-old Temesgen’s family were unable to plant crops due to the drought and are struggling to afford enough food [photo credit: ChildFund]

At least 4.5 million people in drought-stricken Ethiopia are in need of emergency food assistance as the country deals with an escalating food crisis, ChildFund Australia reported today.

Food security in the Horn of Africa is deteriorating at an alarming rate, with the situation in Ethiopia particularly concerning. Two consecutive seasons of poor rains have seen crops fail, reduced livestock production and massive numbers of livestock deaths.

The situation is expected to worsen over the next six months, with the ongoing El Niño event threatening to keep the country dry well into 2016.

ChildFund is particularly concerned about the increased number of severely malnourished children being admitted to therapeutic feeding programme (TFP) centres. Between January and June 2015, 139,783 severely malnourished children were admitted in TFP sites across the country mainly in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, South Nation Nationality People (SNNP), Somali and Tigray regions[1]

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