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Crisis in northern Ethiopia

Conflict is devastating northern Ethiopia, pushing hundreds of thousands of men, women and children into the risk of facing famine.

Families in Dire Need of Help

Ethiopia is facing a tragic combination of conflict in the north and climate shocks – drought – in the south. As conflict spreads across northern Ethiopia, the impact is devastating. In the Tigray Region alone, 2 million people are severely hungry and 50% of pregnant and breastfeeding women are malnourished. In the south, prolonged drought has wiped out livestock, driven displacement and compromised livelihoods.


people in the north have received WFP assistance since March 2021


mothers and children have been supported by WFP to date


people in the Somalia region could receive WFP aid due to drought

Support Our Work in Ethiopia

We’ve been present here since 1968, using food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school:

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Assistance for Refugees

WFP provides food and cash transfers, targeted nutrition programs, school feeding and livelihood support to an estimated 700,000 registered refugees.

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Specialized Nutrition

WFP offers nutrition support to the most vulnerable Ethiopians including pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of five.

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Emergency Response

WFP provides food and cash transfers to the most vulnerable families. Stocks of food are prepositioned in case of conflict or climate-related shocks.

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School Meals Programs

WFP works with the Ethiopian government to provide hot meals to schoolchildren and improve nutrition in the Afar, Oromia and Somali regions.

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