More than 20 million people are estimated to be food insecure in the country mainly due to the drought in southern, southeastern, and eastern parts of the country; violence in northern and western; coupled with high inflation.
The projected below normal harvest from the Belg season and the projected below normal rainfall for Deyr rain in southern pastoralist areas; as well as violence and floods will likely contribute to worsening further the food security situation in affected regions.
As of 22 August, the three food partners (the Government, the UN, and the NGOs) have reached 7.7 million people under Round 1 (1)food response for 2022; 4.2 million people under Round 2 food response for 2022; and 407,000 people under Round 3 food response for 2022.
In Tigray Region alone and as of 17 August, 5.93 million people received food assistance under Round 3 food response for 2021, which was delayed due to operational challenges; and 59,005 people were reached as of 17 August under the new round of 2022 food response.
1 Under the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan, Food Cluster partners started Round 1 food ration distribution on 21 April; Round 2 on 3 June; and Round 3 on 27 July.
Escalation of the violence in Amhara Region preventing partners from accessing large parts of northern and eastern Amhara from the Kombolcha primary distribution point. Access constraints are also hampering response in bordering areas in Tigray and violence-affected areas in western Oromia.
Likewise, in Somali Region, reduced cereals ration is being distributed in Round 2, from 15kgs to 12 kgs and now 10kgs due to funding shortfalls.
Delay in completing food distribution for planned rounds due to operational and logistical challenges.
1. Under the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan, Food Cluster partners started Round 1 food ration distribution on 21 April; Round 2 on 3 June; and Round 3 on 27 July.