Violence in the Tigray region has now made Ethiopia home to the highest number of people in the last decade facing famine-like conditions. If the conflict escalates and humanitarian access continues to be restricted, millions could slide into starvation.
We are scaling up operations in the Tigray Region to reach up to 3 million people in urgent need of food.
of Tigray's population is hungry
people need emergency food assistance in Tigray
people in Tigray are in catastrophic levels of hunger
On June 10, 2021, the U.N. World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and UNICEF called for urgent lifesaving action to prevent famine in northern Ethiopia.
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:
Assistance for Refugees
WFP provides food assistance for refugees, cash, nutritional supplements and school meals to an estimated 700,000 registered refugees—primarily from nearby Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan.
WFP offers specialized nutritional supplements to the most vulnerable Ethiopians: pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under the age of five and people living with HIV/AIDS.
WFP provides food and cash transfers to the most vulnerable families. Stocks of food are prepositioned in case of conflict or climate-related shocks in the Somali and Oromia regions.
School Meals Programs
Through its school meals program, WFP works with the Ethiopian government to provide hot meals to schoolchildren and improve nutrition in the Afar, Oromia and Somali regions.