Ethiopia is Africa’s most populous nation, and although the economy have been steadily growing, the vast majority of Ethiopia remains impoverished. More than 83 percent of the population lives in rural areas vulnerable to droughts caused by climate change as well as economic instability and conflict spillover from neighboring Somalia and South Sudan.
Address complex natural resource and climate change adaptation issues, with a focus on increasing resiliency in the face of drought and other external shocks. Improve health in rural communities vulnerable to malnutrition and waterborne disease and help farmers and business owners improve their livelihoods.
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- Health: Treating malnourished children and pregnant mothers with mobile health units and bringing nutrition counseling to rural areas
- Agriculture & Food: Improving crop yields and income generation of pastoral and farming households
- Water: Building reservoirs and improving wells in drought-prone communities
- Economic opportunity: Supporting pastoralists and small business owners through partnerships with local savings and credit associations
- Population (2014 est.): 96.6 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 173 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2004
All stories about Ethiopia
Ethiopia: From hungry to healthy: Saving children in the Horn of Africa October 15, 2013
In the two years since famine ravaged East Africa, our mobile health teams have helped feed more than 70,000 malnourished mothers and children.
Ethiopia: Finding her way through drought May 16, 2013
Fatumo lost ten camels in the drought that ravaged Ethiopia two years ago. She grew more desperate as her children went hungry. But today there are signs of recovery — and Fatumo is relying on each day's collection of milk to rebuild.
Ethiopia: Behind the camera: Eating from the same table March 14, 2013
Kuye's mother, Taiko, is feisty and determined. It's no surprise she's doing everything she can to keep her daughter in school.
Ethiopia: Behind the camera: What it feels like for a girl March 13, 2013
Photographer Joni Kabana's visit with Kuye reveals a girl ready to take on the world — and show what education can do.
Ethiopia: A Girl Can: Kuye's Story March 8, 2013
Mercy Corps scholarships help girls like Kuye complete high school in Ethiopia — and spread the power of their education through family, community and country. See what a girl can do.
Ethiopia: Clean water for Anab December 7, 2012
What can clean water do for women in Ethiopia? Find out how Anab's health — and future — are looking better thanks to the new reservoir Mercy Corps built.
Ethiopia: Emergency food for Nasteho December 6, 2012
What does a mother in remote Ethiopia do to help her malnourished infant? Fadumo found help at a visit from Mercy Corps' mobile health unit.
Ethiopia: A little laughter, a lot of water November 12, 2012
Anab and her friends are getting a kick out of photographer Joni Kabana, who is visiting Mercy Corps programs in Ethiopia this week.
Ethiopia: Coping with drought by building peace October 18, 2012
We sent out a team to research why one drought-stricken community was coping so well. The findings were striking: When local conflict had been addressed, people were far better equipped to survive the drought.
Ethiopia: Feeding hungry babies October 11, 2012
In Ida Adays village, our mobile health team weighed seven-month-old Nasteho Mohamed and found her to be malnourished. She weighed only 4kg, but at her age should be somewhere around 4.8kg.