22 March 2014

Tens of thousands of refugees from South Sudan are pouring into Ethiopia, fleeing the fighting in their homeland. By the end of the year, officials say Ethiopia could be hosting some 150,000 South Sudanese refugees. WFP is distributing food rations to refugees in camps and border crossings, along with special, nutrient-packed foods for the most vulnerable. But the sheer numbers of new arrivals are straining the resources of the humanitarian community.

Refugees and IDPs
30 January 2014

Akobo Tergol is a small town in the western part of Ethiopia.  Recently its population has grown due to the conflict in South Sudan and an influx of refugees. More than 20,000 asylum seekers have crossed the river which forms the border between the two countries and WFP has been providing life-saving food assistance,  in partnership with the national refugee agency ARRA.

P4P Stories from the field, Purchase for Progress
2 September 2013

As the world’s largest humanitarian agency, WFP uses its procurement needs to boost agriculture in developing nations: in 2012, itbought US$1.1 billion worth of food and more than 75 percent of that was in developing countries. Now, through its Purchase forProgress (P4P) programme, WFP is procuring food from smallholder farmers, giving them a greater incentive to invest in theirfarms.

30 July 2013

With an education in International Humanitarian Action and background experience working for NGOs, Canadian Brett Hanley was well positioned to take on the challenge of working for WFP's offices in Ethiopia. It’s a long way from her roots in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. We asked Brett about her life and work with WFP.

School Meals
22 May 2013

WFP’s school meals programme has benefitted millions of school children across Ethiopia over the last 19 years and currently serves some 650,000 students in 1,800 schools in different parts of the country. Fatuma is one of those children.

30 April 2013

The quest for sanctuary when one is in a dire situation often takes not only courage, but also endurance. Yara and his family are among the many refugees who travelled immense distances to get shelter and food in a neigbouring country.

Climate Change, Droughts
4 April 2013

It is a struggle to feed a growing family on land that is subject to droughts and soil erosion. But for Ethiopian smallholder farmers like Abebe Moliso, that's exactly the challenge that life has given them. A land management programme called MERET is helping them deal with it. 

P4P Stories from the field, Purchase for Progress, School Meals
21 January 2013

Markos and Elias have received school meals from WFP for the past two years, but the lunch they ate one day in November was special. For the first time ever, the students enjoyed a meal made from crops grown just a few kilometers from their school — purchased by WFP directly from Ethiopian farmers.

30 November 2012

Last year, WFP introduced vouchers into its urban HIV/AIDS programme in Ethiopia on a pilot basis, in place of traditional food assistance. People benefiting from the project can redeem vouchers for locally produced food. It’s just one part of a programme that helps people living with HIV and AIDS to get back on their feet. 

Climate Change, Food for Assets
29 August 2012

 After five years in the MERET programme, Hagdu doesn't need to walk for days to cut trees anymore; his land is preserved, and his family has enough to eat.