The weather phenomenon El Niño, have had severe consequences with regards to food production. Photo: ANVA/RNE
Norway Provides Humanitarian Relief to Drought-Affected Ethiopians
Last updated: 05.10.2015 //
At least 4.5 million people in Ethiopia are in need of food aid, as a result of erratic and failing rains and, subsequently, food production. “It is important to implement relief measures before the situation further deteriorates. The Norwegian government provides 15 million Norwegian kroner in humanitarian relief to the affected populations”, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende.
The vast majority of Ethiopians are dependent on the rains in order to maintain a normal level of income and food security. Repeatedly failing rain seasons, attributed to the weather phenomenon El Niño, have had severe consequences with regards to food production, access to water, livestock and increasing food prices. The UN Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs, OCHA, warns that the situation might get worse unless adequate humanitarian relief is allocated immediately.
“The situation is alarming and of a significant dimension. Norway urges other donor countries to support the affected populations in Ethiopia. This challenging situation may entail negative consequences for other parts of the Ethiopian society, including the health situation for the poorest part of the population as well as families’ ability to send their children to school”, says Mr. Brende.