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.
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Latest Ethiopia Fact Sheet

Key Developments

The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports that an adequate October-to-January meher harvest created Minimal—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) 1—food security conditions in most parts of Amhara, Oromiya, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) regions.

However, areas in eastern Amhara, southern Tigray, east-central Oromiya, and central SNNP will either remain at Stressed—IPC 2—levels of food insecurity, or deteriorate into Crisis—IPC 3—due to below-average crop production and the resultant depletion of household stocks. Northeastern districts in Afar Region continue to experience Crisis-level food insecurity.

USAID's Offices of Food for Peace is currently responding to the emergency food needs of more than 774,000 acutely food-insecure beneficiaries through the Joint Emergency Operation (JEOP), a consortium emergency assistance program managed by Catholic Relief Services. Heavy rains and flooding from early September to late October generated humanitarian needs in parts of Afar, Gambella, Oromiya, and Somali regions, according to relief agencies. The humanitarian community and USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance partners coordinated closely to meet flooding-related humanitarian needs through relief commodity distributions.








Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of January 21, 2015.


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: January 22, 2015

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