Located in East Africa, Ethiopia is historically a rich country. Ethiopia’s poverty-stricken economy is based on agriculture which accounts for more than half of its economy, employing 80 percent of its population. With an estimated population of 78 million people, 78 percent of Ethiopians struggle with an income below £1.50 a day.
The country, along with the wider region of East Africa and Uganda has been plagued again with a new wave of drought and famine, bringing more urgency to our work to create permanent sustainable solutions to prevent another disaster in the future.
Our Work in Ethiopia
The Hunger Project has been working in Ethiopia since 2004, and empowers over 90,000 people in six epicentre communities to end their own hunger and poverty. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is enabling people to access basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and lead self-reliant lives.
Increasing Food Security
Given the recurrent period of food shortage in Ethiopia, The Hunger Project-Ethiopia continues to empower and support farmers with training and materials to increase and diversify their food production.
During lean seasons, food banks at the epicentres provide access to food grains for villages and households to enable them to overcome food shortages. In light of the current food crisis, Hunger Project-Ethiopia partners have been able to benefit from stocks in community food banks where the demand is overwhelming.
Improving Health and Hygiene
Epicentre health centres provide primary health care for all, especially mothers, and immunisation programmes for children. They also teach men and women how to improve their health and hygiene.
The Hunger Project-Ethiopia has pioneered a sanitation programme through the implementation of pit latrines in each household in the epicentre community.
In cooperation with the District Health Office and District Office of Women’s Affairs, The Hunger Project-Ethiopia provides training to partners regarding gender equality, harmful traditional practices, traditional birth attendants training, family planning and HIV/AIDS awareness workshops.
Since the implementation of the microfinance programme, The Hunger Project has distributed US$182,862 in microloans, benefiting a total of 1,289 women and 645 men. The cumulative repayment rate stands at 97.59 percent.
Meet Wondimagegnehou our Country Director in Ethiopia, learn more about the key initiatives that are empowering people to end their own hunger or take action now and get involved