A scooper opens bags of wheat from the Joint Emergency Operation Program (JEOP) at a distribution point in Hawzen district, in Misraqawi Zone of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia, on February 6, 2019.
When recurrent droughts lead to crop failures in Ethiopia, it can leave families with little or nothing to eat. The Joint Emergency Operation Program (JEOP) distributes wheat, yellow split peas and cooking oil to targeted beneficiaries. The project’s scope includes more than 250 distribution points across five regions of Ethiopia. This massive scope in combination with the country’s challenging environment, meant there was potential for significant loss of food aid. Success meant getting as much of the food as possible to families facing starvation during the drought. CRS funded and designed a commodity risk-management system to minimize loss and maximize success which led to a mere 0.0024% of food aid unaccounted for over the course of one year. In 2018 alone, funding from USAID helped CRS and its partners provide emergency food assistance to more than 1.5 million food insecure people, plus another 506,000 people displaced in southwestern Ethiopia due to ongoing security issues.