Ethiopia Crisis

About the Crisis


Ethiopia is facing one of the worst droughts the country has seen in decades. Triggered by El Niño, the drought follows successive poor rainy seasons and now exceeds many people’s ability to cope. The Government of Ethiopia estimates that 9.7 million people are in need of relief food assistance. The drought has also left nearly 4 million people in need of safe drinking water, and hygiene and sanitation services.

International humanitarian organizations are working to provide emergency food assistance, nutrition and health support, and clean water. The worst impacts of this drought still lie ahead, and the scale and severity of this crisis is expected to worsen and could outstrip resources.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts

Additional Resources

More information on the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to Ethiopia can be found here.

Additional information on humanitarian relief organizations can be found on ReliefWeb, a humanitarian information portal run by the United Nations.


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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