Ethiopia’s economy is growing, with the industry and service sectors recording substantial growth. But many Ethiopians have not experienced the benefits of this financial upturn and remain dependent on international aid. Approximately five million Ethiopians - as well as thousands of refugees fleeing drought and violence in neighbouring countries - face enormous humanitarian challenges, including escalating food prices and persistent drought that threaten their access to nutritious food.
Acute malnutrition rates among children in Ethiopia continue to be high at 10 per cent, with less than five per cent being the international target for malnutrition, as agreed by the World Health Assembly.
Ethiopia’s recent growth must be sustained for many years before its impact will reach the most vulnerable segments of the population.
What we are doing
Action Against Hunger has been present in Ethiopia since 1985 to help communities through severe drought and food shortages, and we continued that work during this most recent food crisis in 2011.
We’re currently working in Borena (Oromiya region), Gambella, Korahe (Somali region), Liben / Dollo Ado (Somali region), Sidama (SNNPR region) and Wag Himra (Amhara region).
Our work focuses on treating malnourished children and delivering vital nutrition and health services for families, putting them and their children on the path to good health. We are also providing:
- Food vouchers to mothers who are struggling to feed their families in refugee camps so that they can diversify their diets with nutritious food
- Access to clean drinking water, enhancing access to effective sanitation and improving hygiene practices
- Help to mothers to find ways to earn a living