Ethiopia

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Ethiopia and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
89.4
Million
Number of people living in Ethiopia (World Bank, 2011)
Poverty
30
Percent
Percentage of population living below the national poverty line (World Bank, 2011)
Stunting
44.2
Percent
Percentage of children under age five suffering from stunting in Ethiopia (World Bank, 2011)
Rural
82
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Ethiopia (World Bank, 2011)
GDP
7
Percent
Annual GDP growth. (IMF World Economic Database, 2014)
Farmers
218
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$46
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
1.3
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Ethiopia
Land
90.8
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$28
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa

With a population of nearly 90 million people, Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa.

Ethiopia’s economy is dependent on agriculture, which accounts for 45 percent of gross domestic product and 90 percent of exports. However, challenges persist:

  • Smallholder crop yields are below regional averages
  • Market linkages are weak
  • The use of improved seeds, fertilizers and pesticides remains limited
  • Only six percent of cultivated land is currently under irrigation

Undernutrition hampers both human and economic development. Though in decline, child undernutrition rates in Ethiopia are among the highest in the world and

Results by the numbers

  • More than 217,600 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 90,800 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $45.6 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $27.49

Through Feed the Future, the United States is supporting Ethiopia’s own priorities for agriculture-based economic growth by strengthening strategic crops, agricultural commodities and livestock value chains, promoting private sector engagement, increasing access to credit, targeting relevant research and development efforts for inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, and improving market access.

Ethiopia was one of the first member countries of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, under which the Government of Ethiopia and donors have endorsed a country-specific Cooperation Framework. The Ethiopian Government has

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Ethiopia:

  • African Alliance for Improved Food Processing (AAIFP)
  • Agricultural Growth Program – Agribusiness Market Development (AMDe)
  • Agricultural Growth Project – Livestock Market Development (LMD)
  • Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy (AKLDP)
  • Algae/Duckweed Innovation
  • Asian Vegetable Research Development Center
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
  • Camel Milk Value Chain Development in Somali Region
  • Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security (CIAFS)
  • Development

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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Ethiopia

Funding

Funding Graph for Ethiopia