Ethiopia

In pastoralist communities that depend on livestock to pay for food, health services, and education, USAID helps ensure sustaina
In pastoralist communities that depend on livestock to pay for food, health services, and education, USAID/OFDA helps livestock owners establish rangeland management plans, ensuring sustainable and equitable use of grazing areas and water resources.
Save the Children/U.S.

Latest Ethiopia Fact Sheet


Key Developments

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) released its annual humanitarian appeal on March 6. The Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) 2015 outlines more than $386 million in sector-specific humanitarian needs for 2015, as determined by the GoE, UN, and non-governmental organizations. The assessment determined that up to 2.9 million people countrywide will require humanitarian assistance in 2015—a 7 percent increase from the HRD 2014 estimate due to failed belg rains during 2014. In addition, nearly 380,000 people may require assistance during the February–June belg rainy season, which to date has not started in most areas. The GoE has $41 million available in carry-over funds from 2014, which brings the net funding request to $345 million. Approximately $277 million—nearly 80 percent of the funding request—is allocated for emergency food assistance, including targeted supplementary feeding rations.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO ETHIOPIA IN FY 2014 & FY 2015*

USAID/OFDA

$22,664,721

USAID/FFP

$241,920,600

State/PRM

$91,994,884

Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia

$356,580,205

*These figures are current as of March 24, 2015.

Background

Following consecutive seasons of unfavorable rainfall and harvests in 2010 and 2011, Ethiopia experienced localized precipitation shortages during the February-to-May 2012 belg rainy season in 2012, which hindered recovery for populations that experienced significant food insecurity and malnutrition in 2011. Drought is a major contributor to vulnerability in Ethiopia, as resulting crop and livestock losses have a profoundly negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists.

Populations continue to confront several other challenges—including seasonal flooding, localized inter-communal conflict, above-average food prices, disease outbreaks, and limited access to health and WASH services—that contributed to sustained humanitarian needs and an ongoing complex emergency in Ethiopia.

Last updated: March 25, 2015

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