Over 80 percent of Ethiopians work in agriculture. Major crops are coffee, teff, sorghum, pulses, oil seeds, potatoes and cotton. Natural resources consist of small reserves of gold, platinum, copper, natural gas and hydropower.
Livestock farming is significant to Ethiopia and extremely important for household wealth and the country’s overall income.
Most Ethiopians live in rural areas, many with extended families in a group of thatched huts.
Access to safe water
Average annual income
Recent droughts and declining natural resources have made poverty a common issue, with more than 30 percent of Ethiopians living below the poverty line. In 2012, Ethiopia ranked 173 out of 186 countries on the Human Development Index.
Ethiopia has the 14th largest number of people (almost one million) of any country in the world living with HIV and AIDS. There are 900,000 children who have been orphaned because of an AIDS-related death of one or both parents.
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Increasing food security, access to health facilities, education and clean drinking water and improved child wellbeing
Improving access to healthcare by strengthening health services
Providing support for children to enroll and stay in school
Combatting the spread of HIV and AIDS by partnering with the church, the government and other organisations.
Drilling wells for villagers and their livestock and providing food aid for those affected by a severe drought during the 1970s.
Implementing famine relief operations during the 1980s, saving thousands of lives and starting recovery programmes in the 1980s and 1990s.
Increasing access to education by building schools, training teachers, and providing school supplies in 6 communities since the early 2000s.
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World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Ethiopia to improve their lives today and to help deliver sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families and communities.