Ethiopia

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
99.4
Million
Number of people living in Ethiopia (World Bank, 2015)
Poverty
35
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target areas in 2015
Stunting
47.1
Percent*
Percentage of children under age five suffering from stunting in Feed the Future Target Areas in 2015
Rural
80.5
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Ethiopia (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
7
Percent
Annual GDP growth. (IMF World Economic Database, 2014)
Farmers
314
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$93
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
1.5
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Ethiopia
Land
264
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$30
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa

With a population of almost 100 million people, Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa.

Ethiopia’s economy is dependent on agriculture, which accounts for 41 percent of gross domestic product and 90 percent of exports. However, challenges persist, including plot sizes too small to maximize economies of scale, low crop yields, lack of access to credit and land tenure constraints, limited use of improved seeds and fertilizers, and weak connections between farms and markets. In Ethiopia, only six percent of cultivated land is currently under irrigation, which is exacerbated by drought conditions.

Undernutrition hampers both human

Results by the Numbers

 

  • More than 341,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and practices last year with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 264,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers earned more than $93 million from agricultural product sales last year.

Through Feed the Future, the United States is supporting Ethiopia’s own priorities for agriculture-led 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 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

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