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
88.9
Million
Number of people who live in Ethiopia (IMF World Economic Database, 2014)
Poverty
29.6
Percent
Percentage of population living below the national poverty line (World Bank, 2011)
Stunting
40
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Ethiopia
Rural
83
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Ethiopia (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
7
Percent
Annual GDP growth. (IMF World Economic Database, 2014)
Farmers
168
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
196
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
1.6
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
1
Million
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
68.6
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Ethiopia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa

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

Ethiopia’s economy is dependent on agriculture, which accounts for 46.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) 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 6 percent of cultivated land is currently under irrigation

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 165,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 1 million hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold more than $196 million (USD) worth of agricultural products.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $68.6 million (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Ethiopia (particularly in the dairy and meat processing industries).
  • U.S. Government nutrition programs reached more than

Through Feed the Future, the United States is supporting Ethiopia’s own priorities for agriculture-based economic growth by strengthening strategic crop and livestock value chains, promoting private sector engagement, targeting relevant research and development efforts 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 committed to specific policy actions to

USAID activities in Ethiopia contributing to Feed the Future:

  • African Alliance for Improved Food Processing (AAIFP)
  • Agricultural Growth Program – Agribusiness and Market Development (AMDe)
  • Agricultural Growth Project – Livestock Market Development (LMD)
  • Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy (AKLDP)
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
  • Camel Milk Value Chain Development
  • Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security (CIAFS)
  • Development Credit Authority (DCA)
  • Empowering New Generations in Nutrition and

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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Ethiopia

Funding

Funding Graph for Ethiopia