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Food Crisis in East Africa

Spotlight: Afar, Ethiopia

Food Crisis in East Africa

Afar, Ethiopia – in numbers

"People come from very, very far away to fetch water"

Dr Kasahun Negash
Food Security Specialist, Amref Ethiopia

Av. walking time to unsafe water source
3.5 hours
People displaced
330,000
Children displaced
74,000
Wells built by Amref
32
People served by each well
up to 1,500
Children supported
up to 25,000
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"There wasn’t anything remaining... I don’t know how the people lived there."

Dr Kasahun Negash
Food Security Specialist, Amref Ethiopia

The extent of the current crisis can be seen on the Famine Early Warning Systems Network

"There wasn’t anything remaining... I don’t know how the people lived there."

Short term vs. long term

“There are two stages. First: survive. And the second stage is sustaining food security and nutrition security."

"As part of the programme in Afar, we organised cooperatives, and helped people to create their own businesses, to increase their income."

"We provided them with water pumps and seedlings so they can cultivate different types of vegetables – onions, cabbage, etc. – so they can eat a balanced diet."

Changing ancient eating habits

With a diet comprised mostly of milk and meat, and with cows in short supply, 3 in 4 children in Afar suffer from anaemia. It was clear to Dr Negash and his team that nutrition could be improved by diversifying diets and introducing new eating habits.

Prior to this project, eggs were not part of the traditional regional diet, in large part due to superstitious beliefs.

"We taught them the importance of eggs for young children and pregnant women. And they now eat eggs! This is a big achievement!"

These lifesaving interventions are only possible with the help of Amref’s supporters

These lifesaving interventions are only possible with the help of Amref’s supporters

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All images © Martha Tadesse, Alexander Awoke, 2021

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