Mercy Corps has been working in Ethiopia since 2004. 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.
Back-to-back seasons of minimal rainfall led to a severe drought in 2016, killing valuable livestock and necessitating further humanitarian assistance in 2017. According to the U.N., the drought is worse than the 2010-11 drought because of consecutive droughts and a low rainfall forecast for the next few months.
- Health: Treating malnourished children and pregnant mothers, and training local communities and health providers to address health issues.
- Agriculture & Food: Improving agricultural practices and response to drought 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: How investing in resilience helps fight drought
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Ethiopia: PHOTOS: How rural women are cashing in on the milk business
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Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan: Fighting hunger in Africa takes more than food
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Ethiopia: Quick facts: How we're fighting hunger in Ethiopia
Faced with another severe drought, millions of Ethiopians are struggling to get the food they need to survive. Why does this keep happening? Learn more about this recurring crisis and how we're helping families overcome it once and for all.
Ethiopia: Radio soap opera tackles nutrition in pastoral communities
What do Mercy Corps and Warner Bros. have in common? The new Ethiopian radio soap opera we created to inspire families to live healthier lives. Meet the characters and take a listen.
Ethiopia: From hungry to healthy: Saving children in the Horn of Africa
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
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
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
Photographer Joni Kabana's visit with Kuye reveals a girl ready to take on the world — and show what education can do.