Ethiopia receives €8.5 million for emergency food assistance

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia– Communities affected by conflict and climate change in Ethiopia will continue to have support, following today’s generous contribution of €8.5 million for 2021-2023 from the people of Germany.

The donation is part of Germany’s flexible funding for the Eastern Africa region to boosts The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Tigray emergency response that aims to reach up to 2.1 million people in need of food and nutrition assistance.

A total of 5.2 million people, or 91 percent of Tigray’s entire population need emergency food assistance due to conflict.

The endowment will also support WFP’s refugee response in the country, and help deliver life-saving and life-changing emergency food assistance to communities in Ethiopia’s Somali region that are affected by extreme climate shocks.

Dr. Steven Were Omamo, the WFP Ethiopia’s Representative and Country Director, welcomed the timely and generous contribution from Germany to enable the Organization respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs across the country.

“WFP is immensely proud of its long-standing partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany and we are grateful for its commitment to working together with us to improve food security and help vulnerable people in Ethiopia to get the food they need to survive, get back on their feet and become food secure,” he said.

Last week, German Ambassador to Ethiopia Stephan Auer visited WFP’s warehouse and offices in Adama to witness food being dispatched to communities in urgent need of assistance.

He noted that “WFP’s work is of the utmost importance – now more than ever” and that “Germany is proud to support WFP in Ethiopia and beyond, being the organization’s second largest donor worldwide.”

Germany’s donation comes at a critical time as WFP faces a funding shortfall. WFP currently requires US$203 million to maintain operations in Tigray Region until the end of the year, and an additional US$97 million is needed to cover relief food operations in the Somali region during the next six months.