The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) declared a countrywide State of Emergency on
October 8, following several months of anti-government protests and related insecurity in
areas of Ethiopia, the UN reports. Humanitarian actors, including the USAID Disaster
Assistance Response Team (DART), are monitoring potential impacts on relief assistance
for vulnerable populations, including refugees.
The GoE and relief agencies are preparing for the meher assessment, which will assess
agricultural yields, identify humanitarian needs, and inform the 2017 Humanitarian
Requirements Document (HRD) appeal for Ethiopia.
In early October, the UN World Food Program (WFP) and other response stakeholders
determined that populations residing in 73 woredas, or districts, had not received adequate
food assistance in several weeks. Relief food distribution delays are partly due to logistics
challenges and insecurity.