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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 in the south. As violence spreads across northern Ethiopia, the impact is devastating. In the south, prolonged drought has wiped out livestock, driven displacement and compromised livelihoods.


people in northern Ethiopia have received WFP aid since March 2021


people across Ethiopia are being targeted with WFP aid this year


people in the Somali region have received WFP food assistance

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 5.

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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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