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

Consecutive failed rainy seasons and drought induced by the 2015/2016 El Niño climatic event deteriorated humanitarian conditions across Ethiopia. In response, the Government of Ethiopia and relief actors have delivered in-kind food supplies, water, nutrition support, and health services to populations in need and provided agricultural assistance to drought-affected farming and pastoral households.

The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team for Ethiopia is monitoring climate-related impacts and humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations during the ongoing lean season and the meher harvest, which typically begins in mid- to late October.

Since mid-August, USAID's Office of Food for Peace, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, and U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provided an additional $26.2 million to humanitarian organizations responding to the needs of drought-affected communities, refugees, and other vulnerable people in Ethiopia. The U.S. Government contributed a total of $549.3 million for the Ethiopia response in FY 2016.









Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of September 30, 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: October 12, 2016

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