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

On January 31, USAID Administrator Gayle Smith announced an additional $97 million in funding from USAID's Office of Food for Peace to provide more than 176,000 metric tons of emergency food assistance to approximately 4 million Ethiopians. The U.S. government remains the largest humanitarian donor to Ethiopia, having provided more than $532 million in humanitarian assistance since October 2014.

In mid-January, the Government of Ethiopia released its forecast for the February-to-June belg rains, predicting above-average or normal rainfall in much of Ethiopia’s drought-affected areas. Despite the favorable forecast, relief organizations anticipate that acute humanitarian conditions will continue to deteriorate in early 2016 as households exhaust food from the meager 2015 harvest.

USAID is supporting an integrated response that includes scaling up humanitarian assistance, such as nutrition interventions and emergency food assistance, and modifying development programs to mitigate the drought’s impact and speed recovery.









Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of February 1, 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: February 02, 2016

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