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

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) declared a countrywide State of Emergency on October 8, following several months of anti-government protests and related insecurity in areas of Ethiopia, the UN reports. Humanitarian actors, including the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team, are monitoring potential impacts on relief assistance for vulnerable populations, including refugees.

The GoE and relief agencies are preparing for the meher assessment, which will assess agricultural yields, identify humanitarian needs, and inform the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document appeal for Ethiopia.

In early October, the UN World Food Program and other response stakeholders determined that populations residing in 73 woredas, or districts, had not received adequate food assistance in several weeks. Relief food distribution delays are partly due to logistics challenges and insecurity.









Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of November 4, 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: November 07, 2016

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