Multiple frighten: Corona, grasshoppers and hunger
By Michael Tuerk - Project Leader
The situation in East Ethiopia
The project region Eli Daar in Afar is affected by one of the worst desert locust invasions in the last 25 years. The speed with which the locusts spread and the size of the affected areas exceed the capacity of the authorities to bring the swarms under control. The locust swarms in the Afar region not only lead to crop losses, but also to the large-scale destruction of pasture land in the districts of Andaba, Akkule, Aba'a and Wahan. Since these areas border on Eritrea, the affected communities cannot move to other areas. Many of the remaining livestock herds are already suffering from malnutrition, which is rapidly spreading animal diseases and causing livestock to die. As a result, more and more people are losing their livelihoods and suffering from hunger. In addition to locusts, the population is already suffering from the expulsions and droughts of recent years caused by the conflict.
How we help Together with the partner organisation APDA, the project aims to alleviate the effects of the drought and locust invasion on the food security of families in Eli Daar. To ensure the survival of the livestock, 2,916 households are being supplied with alfalfa hay. In addition, the families receive veterinary medicines and veterinarians carry out six 15-day treatment campaigns. The beneficiary households have a maximum of 15 goats to ensure their survival. The hay is also expected to increase milk production by around 10 percent. The provision of animal feed and medical treatment is intended to protect the lives of the herds and thus the livelihoods of over 2,900 households and some 35,000 animals.
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