On 5 January 2016 we responded to a funding alert for food insecurity in Ethiopia. Overall there are 10.2 million people in an emergency food security situation caused by drought; there are 7 million people in Belg (short rainy season)-dependent areas and 5.1 million people in need of Belg season seeds.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$560.8 million of humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia since the start of 2015. Agriculture was one of the least funded sectors in Ethiopia in 2015, receiving just 0.7% of total humanitarian funding (US$4.1 million). Approximately US$0.4 million was allocated to the distribution of seeds to vulnerable households (according to project descriptions on UN OCHA’s FTS).
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but also to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.