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

Insufficient February–June belg rains in parts of Ethiopia have contributed to deteriorating levels of food security, according to the UN. The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) forecasts that belg-reliant households in some parts of Amhara and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) regions will move from Stressed—IPC 2—to Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food security in July 4

The number of priority one districts—those requiring the most urgent nutrition interventions—increased from 49 to 97 between February and June, a nearly 98 percent increase, according to the GoE.

To date in FY 2015, the U.S. government (USG) has committed more than $173 million to support humanitarian activities that target vulnerable populations throughout Ethiopia with needed assistance, including nutrition interventions, relief commodities, and emergency food assistance.

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: July 02, 2015

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