Oxfam in Ethiopia

Gebru Kahsay inspects his teff field with his grandson. Supporting farmers is a major element of Oxfam's programme in Ethiopia. Photo: Eva-Lotta Jansson/Oxfam America

Ethiopia drought 2015

Over eight million people already need humanitarian aid but this number could rise significantly over the next few months without urgent support. The UN's humanitarian organisation OCHA estimates that as many as 15 million could be affected by next year. 

The drought is probably going to be as bad as that of 1984/85 but the impact will be very different as Ethiopia has changed enormously in the last 30 years

El Nino and climate change have both contributed to the situation - the drought is a result of this year's super El Nino but also comes on the back of 12 to 18 months of erratic or failed rains. 

Oxfam's response

Since June we have been working in the Siti Zone of the Somali region, distributing animal feed, rehabilitating waterholes, helping people bury their dead animals and building latrines for around 7000 internally displaced people. We've also been trucking in water for more than 2000 households on daily basis. In Afar region we've been trucking in water since October for over 800 households and installing water reservoirs. In West Arsi, Oromia region we've been providing cash-for-work support to 6000 people.

We've reached around 150,000 people so far, and are aiming to reach 750-800,000.

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From our staff

Mulu Tesfaye, Agriculture Programme Manager

 Oxfam is working here to help rural farmers earn a better living. We enable people to earn more and to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. It is my dream to see an Ethiopia free from food aid.

We've helped people start exporting crops directly to Europe. This is a transformation. But in terms of the biggest successes I've seen, one woman in particular comes to mind.

She is a member of one of the unions that Oxfam supports, and her dedication has made her an example for others to follow. The Prime Minister even gave her a prize that honours successful farmers.

Full details of what Oxfam is doing in Ethiopia (PDF, 284KB)

The impact of our work: School text books

Video: Textbooks to Ethiopia

Thanks to your support, children in this Ethiopian class each have their own textbook.

Video: Textbooks to Ethiopia

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