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Drought Response in Ethiopia

“The outlook for food security in drought-affected areas of Ethiopia looks much better than expected”, Ron Libby

Successive seasons of failed rains have contributed to a humanitarian emergency across pastoralist areas of the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia . Chronic food insecurity has compounded the problem. USAID/OFDA staffing and resources in the region are increasing.

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DASP staff member Scott Hocklander worked as a Field Officer in Ethiopia from January 13 through April 22, providing critical support to the emergency program management, reporting and field assessment efforts of USAID/OFDA’s East and Central Africa Regional Office. DASP Senior Field Officer Ron Libby also traveled to Ethiopia in March to participate in an assessment of humanitarian needs in the drought-affected Afar and Somali regions. While there, Ron trained Government of Ethiopia staff in assessment tools and methodology to help increase disaster response capacity.

While the situation in this region remains serious, Ron reported that, “the outlook for food security in drought-affected areas of Ethiopia looks much better than expected.” Ron is likely to return to Ethiopia later this spring.


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