Agriculture and Food Security

The economy is dependent on agriculture, which accounts for more than 40 percent of GDP and 80 percent of exports; the country’s rapidly growing population underscores the need for sustainable and high-quality access to food. Through the Feed the Future initiative, we enhance food security, increase agricultural productivity, and promote resilience--especially among vulnerable populations.

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

We work with local communities and the Government of Ethiopia to prevent and manage conflict. To enhance good governance, we also strengthen the capacity of the judicial system, promote access to justice, and foster the integration of good governance principles across the mission's portfolio.

Economic Growth and Trade

USAID is committed to making investments in Ethiopia that enhance the competitiveness of its economy, create more jobs and increase incomes, and expand access to nutritious food to ensure that all Ethiopians are more resilient and can provide their families a better standard of living.


For more than 20 years, we have addressed a variety of needs related to education access, equity, quality and relevance. Our education program addresses the needs of primary school children affected by crisis and conflict while our youth program aims to enhance the economic, civic, and social development of over two million youth throughout the country.


By incorporating environmental issues into its efforts within Ethiopia, we strive to develop initiatives that make improvements across sectors and promote sustainable development. Our programs also support biodiversity conservation in some of the remaining natural forests and the revitalization of rangeland productivity in pastoral areas.

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

We promote gender equality via equal access to economic opportunities and education while supporting the health of women and their families, allowing for more equitable participation in society. In addition, we address root causes of domestic violence, child marriage and gender-based violence.

Global Health

Despite major improvements in the health system over the last decade, high rates of disease and death still exist. Our integrated program improves overall health, treatment of infectious diseases, access to clean water, and the nutritional status of targeted communities.


The primary goal of all our water-related projects is to save lives and advance development through improvements in water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, and through sound management and use of water for food security.

Working in Crises and Conflict

We support civil society strengthening to improve conflict management policies and practices at the local, regional and national levels. We continue collaborating with various partners to respond to disasters in a timely manner and increase the resilience of vulnerable populations

Image of a family who helps their daughters learn to read under USAID programs.
U.S. assistance improves health, food security, and education in Ethiopia.
Emnet Dereje, Save the Children Ethiopia