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

To date in FY 2014, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $135 million to address the humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations across Ethiopia, including approximately $104 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) in emergency food assistance for vulnerable populations. U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM) has provided $21.6 million to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for protection and multi-sector assistance for refugee populations in Ethiopia, as well as $2 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for emergency assistance for vulnerable Ethiopian migrants returned from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has contributed more than $8 million to support agriculture and food security, health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions, as well as humanitarian coordination and logistical activities.

On January 24, representatives from the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian organizations met in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa to launch the 2014 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), which identifies anticipated countrywide humanitarian needs between January and December 2014. The HRD estimates that up to 2.7 million people in Ethiopia will require emergency food assistance.


USAID/OFDA Assistance to Ethiopia


USAID/FFP Assistance to Ethiopia


State/PRM Assistance to Ethiopia


Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of February 25, 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: March 03, 2014

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