Address complex natural resource and climate change adaptation issues, with a focus on increasing resiliency in the face of drought and other external shocks.
Poverty is widespread. Frequent drought, unpredictable harvests and sporadic conflicts put families and rural traditions at risk. Millions are still in urgent need of assistance after the worst drought the region has seen for 60 years.
- Emergency response: Treating malnourished children with mobile health units, distributing water, vaccinating livestock, and providing work rebuilding community assets
- Agriculture & Food: Improving crop yields and income generation of pastoral and farming households
- Water: Building reservoirs and improving wells in drought-prone communities
- Women & Gender: Providing scholarships for girls to continue in secondary school and vocational training to their mothers to generate more income
- Conflict & Governance: Increasing good governance and mitigating inter-ethnic conflict in three volatile regions
All stories about Ethiopia
Ethiopia: The allure of arm hair September 7, 2010
Some of the most important tools of my work as a Mercy Corps writer are curiosity, observation and conversation. But, sometimes, so much more can be communicated — and learned — by a simple gesture.
Ethiopia: What fell to Earth September 6, 2010
I first felt the lure of Ethiopia in a theatre in Overland Park, Kansas in 1978. I was eight years old, sitting and watching the movie “Superman.”
Ethiopia: My introduction September 2, 2010
Ethiopia: How did Mercy Corps turn rain from foe back to friend in Ethiopia? April 17, 2010
Ethiopia has long struggled with food insecurity. With generous support from USAID, Mercy Corps has just completed the first year of a three-year effort to improve food security in some of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable regions.
Ethiopia: Protecting Ethiopia's people, animals and environment March 4, 2010
We’ve been in the car for a long time in the last couple of days. We’re in Gashamo, a small town in the desert. A couple of days ago we drove for nine hours drive on bumpy sandy tracks from the Somali Region capital of Jijiga.
Ethiopia: Turning Trash into Cash March 14, 2008
As a single mother with a 13-year-old son, Tafessu Jiru doesn't have a lot of kitchen scraps coming from her household. Most everything is put to prudent use.
Ethiopia: Responding to Ethiopia's Deadly Floods November 8, 2006
Mercy Corps responded to Ethiopia's deadly flooding by helping those marooned in villages along the Omo River in the southwest corner of the country.
Ethiopia: Turning Over a New Leaf in Ethiopia January 19, 2006
Ethiopia: Protecting Livestock, Building Assets November 4, 2005
Ethiopia: Seeding Peace at the Grassroots October 27, 2005
When you begin your humanitarian career by tackling one of the 20th century's biggest food crises, you risk feeling let down by the work that follows, no matter how lofty or well-intentioned.