Potential users

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There might be two major user types for the prototype:

  1. The first one is Elizabeth Teklegiorgis, she is 31 and works in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) at the Early Warning System Directorate of the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) of the Ministry of Agriculture. She is in charge of monitoring the food security situation of her country, focusing on crop production during and after the two major rainy seasons in the country (Belg: March and April; and Meher: June to September). Her work will be used to calculate and distribute the possible food assistance requirements in different regions of Ethiopia to assist transitory food insecure households, through the Government’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP). She currently uses LEAP as a monitoring tool, but she is confident that with the introduction of the EUPORIAS forecasting tool, she will be able to provide such estimates much in advance and provide alerts for the pre-positioning of food assistance in the possible affected areas. Elizabeth is in close contact with her colleague in one of the several regional Early Warning System offices, Meles Berhanu, located in the regional capital of Tigray, Mekelle. Meles is also monitoring the food security situation at regional level, and has the same expectations on the LEAP EUPORIAS prototype’s success.
  2. The second user type is Kenzo Honda, 40 years old, a humanitarian worker in Addis Ababa, responsible for his organisation of supporting the Ethiopian Government in the coordination and delivery of food assistance to households affected by drought in the country. The LEAP/EUPORIAS prototype would give him the possibility of better plan and procure the necessary food stocks for the response, as well as ask donor countries for additional resources, in case a shortfall is expected.

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LEAP is the Government of Ethiopia’s national food security early warning system. It provides estimates of the number of people who will be in need of food assistance due to drought, increasing the speed with which a humanitarian response can be triggered.