Ethiopia is a country of 1,104,300 square kilometers and 99 million inhabitants. 30% of the population live below the poverty threshold, despite several years of steady economic growth. The infant mortality rate is 44 deaths per 1.000 births

Ethiopia is currently in a state of humanitarian emergency. The country is seriously affected by climate change, and farmers and pastoralists struggle to recover from an El Niño-induced drought.

Whereas 80% of the inhabitants rely on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods, Ethiopia has just experienced ist worst agricultural season in decades. Consequently, 5.6 million people are in a situation of food insecurity, as reported by the FAO.

Our projects take place in the Somali Region, where the forecasts indicate, that new droughts are emerging. A combination of factors account for the precarious situation of this area.

  • On the one hand, extreme weather patterns contribute to rangeland degradation; however, rangelands are crucial during the dry season.
  • On the other hand, migration of nomads from neighboring zones lead to an increasing population pressure and the deterioration of living conditions.

Under these difficult circumstances, a lack of proper veterinarian care can rapidly lead to the spread of livestock diseases, which have direct consequences on the pastoralists who are dependent on healthy animals.

The activity of VSF-Suisse in Ethiopia consists, among other things, in providing livestock to the populations in need and strengthening animal healthcare, but also in securing the livelihoods of the most vulnerable people in order to enhance their capacities of resilience.


On the ground since: 2010

Operational presence in: Addis Abeba, Moyale, Warder,Jigjiga, Dire Dawa und Gode

Number of projects: 11

Key partners: SDC, Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund,
GIZ, European Union,
UN FAO, Swiss Solidarity, IFPRI, Cordaid,

Team: 31


Current projects Ethiopia:


«In just one day the locusts destroy the livelihoods of 35,000 people!»

«In just one day the locusts destroy the livelihoods of 35,000 people!»

Our program manager for East Africa, Frédérique Darmstaedter, informed on June 9th at the radio program CQFD on RTS about various questions regarding the current desert locust plague of the century in the Horn of Africa. We are very gald that we were able to draw more attention to this catastrophe!
This is a first success – but we will continue to fight for more visibility to the plague!