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Ethiopia

So that she could stay in school, 13-year-old Fiker Tenaw refused a marriage planned for her by her parents.
Ethiopian Girls Say No to Early Marriage
Melesse Yohannes uses his “Rough Rider” wheelchair to go out and buy supplies for his shoe-making and repair shop.
Ethiopians With Disabilities Ride Over Obstacles
The President Tours the Faffa Food Factory in Ethiopia
President Obama Visits Faffa Foods

About Ethiopia

USAID’s portfolio in Ethiopia is one of the largest and most complex in Africa.

Over the last decade, Ethiopia has made tremendous development gains in education, health and food security. In 2014, GDP growth was 10.3 percent (IMF). The addition of 38,000 health extension workers has helped reduce the under five child mortality rate by more than six percent a year since 2000.

Ethiopia still remains one of the ten poorest countries in the world, with an estimated annual per capita income of $470 in 2013 (World Bank). Roughly 30 percent of Ethiopians live below the poverty line of $1.25 a day and are vulnerable to food insecurity, and about 75 percent depend on subsistence agriculture (IFPRI). From a humanitarian perspective, approximately 2.9 million people are in need of emergency food assistance in 2015, in addition to 7.9 million chronically food insecure beneficiaries who are supported through the Productive Safety Net Program. Its fast-growing population, now estimated at more than 94 million, puts tremendous pressure on the land and natural resources that are the cornerstones for the country's growth.

To further the country’s progress, the Ethiopian Government has committed itself to a five-year Growth and Transformation Plan and includes sustainably improving rural livelihoods and national food security. U.S. assistance capitalizes on a partnership with the government to increase economic growth with resiliency, deliver quality basic public health and education services and promote a governance environment that is conducive for sustainable economic development.

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Last updated: August 19, 2015

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