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,
COOPI, ACPA, RACIDA, ILRI, CCM
Current projects Ethiopia:
The Covid-19 pandemic has kept the entire human race on edge for months. People already affected by hunger and poverty are often particularly hard hit. VSF-Suisse therefore supports the populations in the project countries with various activities in their fight...
Since December 2019, the countries of the Horn of Africa have been fighting the worst plague of locusts in the last 25 years. And Kenya, for example, has not seen a plague of this magnitude in the last 70 years! Benefiting from the long rainy season, the desert...
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!