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Food security emergency in central/eastern Ethiopia follows worst drought in more than 50 years

Saturday, December 05, 2015

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Following the worst drought in more than 50 years, a major food security emergency is ongoing in central and eastern Ethiopia.

Early estimates indicate that at least 15 million people will face severe acute food insecurity and require assistance in 2016, making Ethiopia the country with the largest acutely food insecure population in the world.

Already, significant populations in northern Somali region and southern Afar are in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), meaning that they are unable to access adequate food for survival and face an increased risk of malnutrition and mortality. Sustained, large-scale, multi-sectoral emergency assistance is required immediately to save lives and livelihoods.

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