Ethiopia is the second most populous country in the continent – home to over 100 million people.
Most people grow crops (including coffee, sorghum, teff, wheat and barley) or tend livestock for a living. Whilst Ethiopia has one of the fastest growing economies and a rapidly increasing population, it is still one of the poorest countries in the world, with a Human Development Index ranking of 174 out of 188 countries.
The 1970s and 1980s saw drought, famine, war and ill-formed policies bringing many to the brink of starvation.
Whilst the country is now more stable and better prepared, the challenges continue today. The current El Niño phenomenon, which is causing erratic rains, has contributed to the worst drought in over 50 years. This has left 8.5 million people needing food assistance.