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.

Country Info

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

El Niño: “Everything has changed”

LS: El Nino Box 2

El Niño: More than 20 million to be affected

LS: El Nino Box 3

El Niño and CARE’s Response

LS: El Nino Box 4

Massive Malnutrition in Ethiopia

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.


Press Release

CARE, H&M and H&M Conscious Foundation Collaborate on a Holiday Campaign to Further Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ethiopia

The work we do in Ethiopia

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.