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 USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) Food Security Outlook for Ethiopia forecasts improved food security in western parts of Ethiopia, where populations will likely experience Minimal—Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) 1—levels of food insecurity through September. In western areas of Somalia, FEWS NET anticipates continued Stressed—IPC 2—and Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity during this period.

On May 12, the U.N. reported four active outbreaks of measles in areas of Amhara, Oromiya, Somali, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) regions. Between April 28 and May 4, health actors reported more than 580 suspected cases of measles in Amhara, Oromiya, and SNNP.

To date, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided nearly $173 million in humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in Ethiopia.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO ETHIOPIA IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$12,085,684

USAID/FFP

$123,135,200

State/PRM

$37,717,921

Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia

$172,938,805

*These figures are current as of May 29, 2014.

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: June 04, 2014

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