Women and children pick green beans at a USAID-supported co-op
Traditional leaders commemorate the ratification of the Negelle Peace Accord
USAID partnered with Save the Children and Great Ethiopian Run to raise awareness about maternal and child health issues.
USAID promotes food security through improved productivity of crops like wheat.
USAID’s portfolio in Ethiopia is one of the largest and most complex in Africa.
Over the last decade, Ethiopia has made tremendous development gains in education, health and other key areas. Despite the regular cycle of drought that affects parts of the country, the number of emergency beneficiaries has dropped from 15 million in 2003 to 5.6 million in 2012. The number of private sector businesses has increased from almost none in 1991 to more than 45,000 today, and GDP growth is seven percent. Almost 95 percent of children now enter primary school, and the addition of 38,000 health extension workers has helped reduce the child mortality rate by more than five percent a year.
Ethiopia also remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with an annual per capita income of $471. Ten percent of the population suffers from chronic food insecurity, and 82 percent is dependent on subsistence agriculture. Its fast-growing population puts tremendous pressure on the land and natural resources that are the foundation of the country's growth.
To further the country’s progress, the Ethiopian Government has committed itself to sustainably increasing rural incomes and national food security. U.S. assistance capitalizes on a partnership with the government to deliver basic public services and combat poverty.
Last updated: May 07, 2013