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)
Asian Vegetable Research Development Center
Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
Camel Milk Value Chain
Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Ethiopia.