Ethiopia Water
In Ethiopia, women and girls may have to walk hours or days to find clean drinking water for their households. USAID rehabilitates water points, supplying life-saving access to clean drinking water in a country where over 5 million people are in need.
Kelley Lynch

Latest Ethiopia Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

Ethiopia’s acutely food-insecure population will likely decrease in the coming months, given projections of improved agricultural yields and pasture conditions and increased access to food supplies in many areas, according to recent projections. However, the delayed onset of October-to-December deyr and hagayya rains and new drought conditions have affected southern and southeastern Ethiopia.

USAID demobilized the Ethiopia Drought Disaster Assistance Response Team and Response Management Team on November 15. In the coming months, USAI's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) will continue to coordinate with U.S. Government, UN, and other relief partners to monitor ongoing drought relief programs, assess emerging needs, and implement additional humanitarian activities.

In FY 2017 to date, USAID/FFP has provided 50,850 metric tons of in-kind relief food to the Joint Emergency Operation, led by Catholic Relief Services.










Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of December 6, 2016.


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: December 07, 2016

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