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

Populations in eastern Ethiopia are generally experiencing Stressed—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) 2—levels of food insecurity, with many households relying on humanitarian assistance to prevent deterioration to Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity as of September, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Systems Network. Below-normal rainfall between June and September in parts of Amhara, Oromiya, Tigray, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples regions is expected to result in below-average harvests and possible deteriorating food security conditions.

In FY 2014, the U.S. government provided approximately $231 million in humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in Ethiopia. This includes more than $22 million from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance for activities supporting nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; agriculture and food security; logistics; humanitarian coordination; and health. USAID's Office of Food for Peace provided approximately $135 million to address ongoing food insecurity in the country. With more than $73 million, the U.S.

Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration assisted refugees in Ethiopia through registration services, child protection and nutrition activities, and health care services, as well as activities for prevention and response to gender-based violence.








Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of September 30, 2014.


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: October 02, 2014

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