Farmer looking after his livestock in Ethiopia


Escalating conflicts, Covid-19, extreme weather patterns and locust swarms have worsened food security in Ethiopia.

In Ethiopia, climate change and conflict continue to increase the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable communities.

Ethiopia has experienced escalating conflict causing displacement in several regions. The country is highly vulnerable to extreme weather patters, with communities experiencing flash floods and droughts. These conditions have created the ideal conditions for desert locust infestations, which are destroying crops and homes and gravely affecting communities and their livelihoods.

Food and nutrition insecurity has increased in Ethiopia leaving almost 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Covid-19 pandemic further threatens the economic situation for communities and has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities, affecting livelihoods, education, and general wellbeing.

“If they lose their harvests this season, they will be vulnerable until the next rainy season, which is now becoming unpredictable because of climatic change.”

Hajir Maalim, Action Against Hunger’s Regional Director in East Africa

Country facts

  • 1,872,014

    Action Against Hunger's programmes reached over 1.8 million people in Ethiopia in 2020.

  • 112.1M

    Ethiopia has a population of over 110 million people.

  • 36.8%

    Over 35% of Ethiopian children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Ethiopia

We’ve been operating in Ethiopia since 1985, providing humanitarian assistance to almost two million people.

Our work focuses on:

  • providing nutrition and health support to children under five suffering with life-threatening hunger
  • water, sanitation and hygiene activities
  • mental health and psychological support
  • distributing cash assistance to vulnerable communities
  • responding to the coronavirus pandemic, by adapting our work to allow our life-saving programmes to continue
A swarm of locusts surge through East Africa.

Locusts surge through East Africa

Communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda are fighting to save their crops from locusts devouring entire fields.

Swarms of desert locusts
Young farmer smiling to camera in Ethiopia

Save lives today

Help more communities in Ethiopia tackle hunger today.

Donate now



A woman washes her hands at an Action Against Hunger health centre in Somalia.

Somalia is experiencing a prolonged and complex crisis characterised by conflict, displacement, drought and disease.


Four-year-old Rodrick and his family in Tanzania. Action Against Hunger helped Rodrick recover from malnutrition.

In recent decades peace and stability has enabled economic growth, but despite progress malnutrition is still common.

South Sudan

Nyajepe, a South Sudanese refugee, is happy to see the improvement in her child after they received support from Action Against Hunger.

With millions fleeing from conflict, many people in the world’s newest country are at risk of life-threatening hunger.