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Minda Ayalew, a smallholder farmer and customer of the Bishoftu Farm Service Center in Ethiopia, shows off tomatoes he grew as a result of improved access to essential agricultural inputs and expert consultation services.
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Since 2013, Feed the Future has worked in the Afar; Amhara; Oromia; Somali; Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples; and Tigray regional states.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 19%
    estimated reduction in the prevalence of poverty in the areas where Feed the Future has worked from 2013 to 2018

Value Chains

  • Chickpeas
  • Coffee
  • Dairy
  • Livestock
  • Maize/Corn
  • Poultry
  • Sweet Potato
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  • 112 Million

    Number of people living in Ethiopia (World Bank, 2019)

  • 8.3 Percent

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 12.7 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 79 Percent

    Percentage of population living in rural Ethiopia (World Bank, 2019)

  • 32.3 Percent

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2018 (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2018)

Our Strategy


Increase crop and livestock productivity and diversity


Improve the business enabling environment


Increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, especially for youth and women


Expand access to markets with more urban opportunities


Improve natural resource management


Strengthen resilience to shocks and stresses


Promote social cohesion in resilience activities, including access to disputed regional resources


Boost nutrition, particularly among women and children

Our Progress

  • 352,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • 5M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

  • 131,000

    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • $5.4M

    New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY19

Our Work

Despite Ethiopia’s expanding economy and potential for agriculture-led growth, challenges persist, including low crop yields, lack of access to credit and land, limited use of improved seeds and fertilizers, and weak connections between farms and markets. Agriculture-led economic growth, accompanied by improvements in people’s livelihoods and nutrition, can build farmers’ ability to withstand recurring shocks and provide a long-lasting solution to Ethiopia’s chronic poverty and food insecurity challenges. To achieve this, Feed the Future connects families and marginalized communities to economic opportunities, unlocks financial services and strengthens agriculture, nutrition and resilience.

Unlocking Growth for Underserved Communities

In 2019, Feed the Future strengthened inclusive and sustainable economic growth by improving the production and sale of agricultural products and by unlocking access to financing and markets for underserved communities. By partnering with Feed the Future, farms and firms gained access to over $16 million in finance to buy quality agricultural inputs, like seeds and fertilizer, and expand operations, resulting in nearly $60 million in sales in 2019.

Feed the Future also reached families with technology, training and resources that increased incomes and improved the livelihoods of over 11,500 smallholder farmers. For example:

  • Net farm incomes increased from $1,272 in 2018 to $1,838 in 2019;
  • Partner smallholder producers made $9.7 million in meat and live animal sales in 2019; and
  • Coffee producers made $2.6 million in total export sales in 2019.

Strengthening Resilience for Farmers

To help Ethiopia’s most vulnerable farming and pastoralist families weather various shocks, Feed the Future trained hundreds of experts in early warning, crop and livestock remote-sensing, market price modeling and rainfall estimating. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Feed the Future helped to improve coordination and emergency management skills of federal and regional institutions to strengthen emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities.

Feed the Future also worked with vulnerable populations to improve the management of watersheds and over 42,000 hectares of farmland and degraded communal lands in 2019. These investments enabled:

  • 8,100 village economic and social associations to be established;
  • $13.1 million in loans to be unlocked;
  • 64,000 people to be trained in agriculture, business, marketing and financial literacy.

Women and Children’s Health

To promote nutrition – especially among Ethiopia’s women and children – Feed the Future works with government and community systems to address malnutrition, promote large-scale education and link nutrition, water, livelihood and food security efforts.

For example, Feed the Future’s nutrition work is complemented by investments in water, sanitation and hygiene, which promote sustainable water and sanitation services and optimal hygiene practices. As a result, the percentage of women reached by Feed the Future who consumed a minimally acceptable diet improved from 30.8 percent in 2018 to 54.4 percent in 2019.


The results shown reflect data from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peace Corps, and the Department of Treasury (through the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program) reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Impact data for poverty statistics are derived from the 2018 Feed the Future Ethiopia Population-Based Survey Report. For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Ethiopia.

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  • African Agricultural Technology Foundation
  • Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation - Ethiopian Highlands
  • Better Than Cash Alliance
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
  • Building the Potential of Youth
  • Ethiopia Hack! Hackathon Event Series
  • Ethiopia Performance Management & Evaluation Service
  • Ethiopia Strategy Support Program
  • Farmer-to-Farmer
  • Feed Enhancement for Ethiopia Development
  • Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth Through Nutrition
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity
  • Feed the Future Impact Evaluation
  • Feed the Future Soil Fertility Technology Adoption, Policy Reform, and Knowledge Management Activity
  • Feed the Future Systems Change Initiative Grants
  • Food for Peace Development Food Assistance Programs
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Innovations to Improve the Quality and Uptake of Agricultural Index Insurance in East Africa
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Livelihoods for Resilience
  • Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Pastoral Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion
  • Peace Corps
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Resilience in Pastoral Areas North (started in FY20)
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Resilience in Pastoral Areas South (started in FY20)
  • Strengthening Institutions for Peace and Development (ended Sept. 2020)
  • Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa
  • Studying Animal Food Markets in Rural Ethiopia
  • Umbrella Fund for Gender Equity
  • U.S. Geological Survey: Groundwater Exploration and Assessment Project
  • Water Efficient Maize for Africa
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability
  • World Vegetable Center

Related Resources

September 26, 2018

Feed the Future Country Plan for Ethiopia

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March 8, 2018

Ethiopia Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index Data Fact Sheet

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Current Dataset

Ethiopia Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion Activity Datasets

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April 2019

Feed the Future Ethiopia Country Strategy

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The training provided by Feed the Future enabled me to produce high-quality milk, diversify products, and maintain the health and good feeding program for my cows.

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