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June 22, 2015
Food Security Situation
Despite a fast-growing economy, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It experiences high levels of both chronic and acute food insecurity, particularly among rural populations and smallholder farmers.
Approximately 44 percent of children under 5 years of age in Ethiopia are severely chronically malnourished, or stunted, and nearly 28 percent are underweight. Roughly 31.6 million people, or 32 percent of the country’s total population, are undernourished.
- Climatic shocks are common in Ethiopia and often lead to poor or failed harvests which result in high levels of acute food insecurity. According to the latest Government of Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document, up to 2.9 million people will need assistance in 2015, with an additional 380,000 potentially requiring assistance through the end of June.
- The conflict in South Sudan is exacerbating the food insecurity situation in Ethiopia. Since the outbreak of violence in mid-December 2013, approximately 209,000 South Sudanese refugees have entered the country, bringing the total number of refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia to nearly 700,000.
Food Assistance Programs
The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with WFP and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to provide emergency food assistance that saves lives and reduces human suffering of those affected by climatic and other shocks and meets the basic nutrition requirements of refugees from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea.
In partnership with CRS, Food for the Hungry (FH), Relief Society of Tigray (REST), and Save the Children, International (SCI), FFP targets food insecure Ethiopians throughout the country with long-term development interventions through the government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) to reduce chronic food insecurity.
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2015||$109.9 million||158,500 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2014||$218.1 million||271,120 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$235.7 million||274,770 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$306.6 million||365,400 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$313.3 million||371,599 MT|
Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development*||$5.2 million||9,260 MT|
|Title II Emergency||$104.7 million||149,240 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Food Security Situation Information provided by WFP, UNHCR and UNICEF as of June 2015.
*FFP FY2015 funding is to date as of June 2015.
Last updated: June 23, 2015