Ethiopia is the second most populous country in the continent – home to over 110 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 173 out of 189 countries.
The 1970s and 1980s saw drought, famine, war and ill-formed policies bringing many to the brink of starvation.
While the country is becoming more stable and better prepared to respond to droughts, the challenges continue today. Intercommunal conflict, climate change induced drought, flash flooding and desert locust infestation has left over 8.5 million people needing food assistance.