Ethiopia - Tigray Region Humanitarian Update

Situation Report

Cluster Status



  • No updates since last reporting period. 


  • From 27 March to 2 June (since the start of round 1 food distribution of 2021), the three main food partners assisted  3,350,979 people with 56,841 metric tons (MT) of food in 65 Woredas.

  • While Round 1 distribution is ongoing, partners are simultaneously conducting Round 2 distribution, which was launched on 10 May.

  • From 27 May-2 June, food partners distributed 8,906 MT of food to 527,339 people under Round 1; and 39,638 people have been assisted with 671 MT of food under Round 2. 

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) distributed 1,573 MT of food to 104,833 people in Ofla, Zata, and Raya Alamata Woredas in Southern Zone and 570 MT of food to 18,986 people in Maykadra and Humera Woredas in Western Zone. 

  • As of 2 June, WFP has distributed 18,534 MT of food to 1,093,566 people under round 1.  WFP has also started round 2 of distribution, assisting 39,638 people with 671 MT of food in Korem and Ofla Woredas in Southern Zone.

  • The Joint Emergency Operation Program (JEOP) distributed 97 per cent of the allocated 66,736 MT of food to 1,910,520 people targeted in round 6/7 with double rations, which started in October 2020.

  • From 27 March to 2 June, JEOP has assisted 2,133,594 people for the first round of assistance for 2021.


  • Delays with completing the list of targeted people in some accessible Woredas mainly due to the increasing needs on the ground which is often greater than the approved caseload quota; insecurity, lack of documentation among the affected population; and poor or non-existing local Government structure particularly in rural areas. This continues to delay the launch of planned food distributions. 

  • Flexibility for including new caseloads without quota limitation in food assistance is urgently needed. 

  • Access and security challenges to reach affected populations significantly delaying the first round of food distribution in some areas. 

  • In locations with partial access, affected populations, if allowed safe passage, are often required to walk for a long distance to the food distribution points.