Consecutive, below-average rainy season yields for the Gu (from March to May) and Deyr (October to December) seasons have caused severe drought across northern, eastern, and central Ethiopia.  ? This is leading to high levels of food insecurity, particularly in Afar, in Sitti zone of Somali region, and parts of Amhara, Oromia, and SNNPR. Malnutrition has increased significantly. ? 

Hosting approximately 843,000 refugees from neighbouring countries, including approximately 375,000 from South Sudan, the majority of Ethiopia’s refugee camps have reached full capacity. Overcrowding, malnutrition, and critical shortfalls in humanitarian aid are of concern. Most refugees have been in protracted displacement, but remain in need of assistance.

The state of emergency has been lifted as of 7 August. It was instated on 9 October 2016 following large anti-government protests about the marginalisation of other regions beyond the capital. The protests began in November 2015, and Ethiopian government forces have killed at least 800 demonstrators in 2016.  

INFORM measures Ethiopia's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6.3/10. Vulnerability is of particular concern, at 6.6/10. ?

Latest Developments

16/10: Nearly 693,000 hectares of maize cropland are currently affected by fall armyworms. The total area infested increased by 10% in the last two weeks of September.?

Key figures

  • 8,500,000 food insecure people  [?]
  • 10,500,000 People lacking access to safe water  [?]
  • 843,000 Refugees in Ethiopia  [?]
  • 376,000 children suffering from SAM  [?]

Key priorities

WASH: 10.5 million people need drinking water as a result of the ongoing drought. 

Food: 9.5 million Ethiopians need food assistance, up from 5.6 million stated in January. 



Information Gaps and needs

Media access to certain areas, notably Oromia, is restricted by the Ethiopian government, resulting in information gaps. Since February 2016, martial law enforcement in Oromia has led to restricted information access.??

Key documents

COUNTRY REPORT: Popular Mobilisation in Ethiopia: An Investigation of Activity from November 2015 to May 2017