The number of Ethiopians requiring emergency food aid has fallen by almost 3 million, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) has confirmed. Its Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) announced that 2.3 million people are in need of emergency food assistance. The figure last year was 5.2 million.

 

At a joint press conference held on 23rd November the DRMFSS and the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) jointly announced the figure in the Humanitarian Requirement Document (HRD).

 

Of the 2.3 million people, 29.2%, 29%, and 29.3% live in the Somali, Tigray, and Oromia regional states, respectively.

 

The food security situation improved as a result of good rains between February and May and between June and September.

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) has also announced that activities have been launched to irrigate and develop more than 1.3 million hectares of land, from which a bumper harvest of over 151 million quintals of agricultural output is expected. The produce will help stabilise the market and ensure household level food security. The Ministry also called on farmers, pastoralists and all pertinent bodies to contribute their share to ensure the success of the irrigation development plan.