This 2 page brief highlights learning from the USAID-funded GRAD program that works to graduate families out of poverty.
Everything has Changed
People of north-eastern Ethiopia say they have never experienced conditions as extreme as the current drought caused by El Niño.
Massive Malnutrition in Ethiopia
Over 10 million people in Ethiopia are in need of emergency food assistance because of the extreme drought caused by the global weather phenomenon El Niño.
Responding to Crisis
Liz McLaughlin, Executive Director of CARE's Foundation Unit, traveled to the Horn of Africa in 2011 to see CARE's response to this massive emergency. She captured her journey on camera.
Fighting Poverty & Drought with Honeybees
Nuriya, an Ethiopian mother of six children, has been able to make ends meet on her own since her husband passed away 11 years ago. By farming bees, a trade usually engaged by men, Nuriya is able to provide for her family.
A widespread drought is severely impacting Ethiopia, leaving millions of people without enough to eat.
Ethiopia’s worst drought in 30 years is fueled by the El Niño weather pattern that has contributed to two failed seasonal rains last year – dangerous for a country where more than 80 percent of its population
are farmers. In one of the most affected areas where CARE works, East Hararghe in the east, crop production fell by 70 percent last year.
CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.
As part of CARE Ethiopia’s development of a focused and long-term program approach to poverty, the office targets three groups of people:
- pastoralist girls
- chronically food-insecure rural women
- poor young girls living in cities and on the outskirts of urban areas
LS: El Nino Box 1
LS: El Nino Box 2
LS: El Nino Box 3
LS: El Nino Box 4
Melka Stands Up To Early Marriage
"I want girls to know there are people out there like me who will fight against early marriage." — Melka from Libo Kemkem, Ethiopia on standing up against forced marriage.
More than 400K mothers are at risk in Ethiopia
As the effects of the El Niño drought in Ethiopia continues, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are at particular risk of malnutrition and complications during pregnancy due to the devastating food shortages.
Hunger in the Horn of Africa
While conditions have improved since a catastrophic drought struck this region in 2011, acute malnutrition rates remain high and millions still teeter on the brink of food insecurity.
Millions will have no food in coming months without aide
Because of El Nino, a widespread drought is severely impacting Ethiopia, leaving millions of people without enough to eat.
Latest Updates on El Nino in Ethiopia
- In December 2015, the Government of Ethiopia announced that the number of people in need of food assistance had increased to 10.2 million.
- This year, 435,000 children under five and 1.7 million children, pregnant and lactating women will need specialized nutritional support.