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 help farmers and business owners improve their livelihoods. Improve connections between local community organizations and private sector partners to foster innovation.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second-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.
- Health: Treating malnourished children and pregnant mothers, and training local communities and health providers to address health issues.
- Agriculture & Food: Improving agricultural practices and supporting income generation of pastoral and farming households
- Economic opportunity: Supporting pastoralists and small business owners through improved access to financial services. Empowering women and girls to become part of the economic process.
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Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopia’s daughters stay in school
“These days, I can barely sleep because I am so excited with ideas on what to do next," says 38-year-old Felekech Endiris says with a smile. "I’m doing a bigger business. My family has enough to eat and I can afford medicines for my children now.”
Ethiopia: Epilogue: Happy New Year and goodbye
Somewhere between Addis Ababa and Atlanta, I left 2003 and flew all the way back to 2010. Makes for a pretty long plane ride home, doesn’t it? Let me explain.
Ethiopia: Celebrating a new home
Just three months ago, Temam Khiyar was homeless. He lived with his wife and their four children in a lean-to constructed of wooden poles and scrap cloth on the hard red clay of a vacant lot. Not any more.
Ethiopia: Standing her ground and springing back
In many places around the world, drought withers lawns. In Ethiopia, drought withers lives. "When I was young, I was beautiful," says 50-year-old Zesino Mohamed Shiro. "But years of drought and not having enough to eat makes you old."
Ethiopia: What’s beyond Paradise
Ethiopia: The allure of arm hair
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
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
Ethiopia: How did Mercy Corps turn rain from foe back to friend in Ethiopia?
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
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.