Current Operations
Country Programme Ethiopia (2012–2015)

This Operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 5 (see below).

Ethiopia’s economy has grown substantially over the last five years but the country remains one of the world’s poorest. The scale of food insecurity and malnutrition remains serious, and 23 million people have insufficient income to meet their food needs. Ethiopia is prone to natural disasters, and weather-related shocks have exacerbated food insecurity. At least half of the highlands are degraded, and pastoral areas are over-grazed. Primary school enrolment rates have increased, but high dropout rates persist: 2.8 million children of primary school age, many of them from pastoralist areas, do not attend school. HIV prevalence is a concern, especially in urban areas: 1 million people are living with HIV and there are 850,000 orphans.  Food market systems function poorly, with markets unable to shift surpluses to deficit areas. Despite the critical role of women in marketing and agriculture, gender inequality remains widespread and women farmers have limited access to resources and services.

Operation documents
Resourcing updates
WFP Offices
Country at a glance 2015
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)0
Beneficiary needs ($US)597,842,974
Threats to food security
  • Rainfall patterns (droughts and floods)
  • Land degradation (deforestation and soil erosion)
  • Population density
  • Infrastructure development
  • Insecurity and conflict
  • Poverty
  • Fall in world prices of cash crops