Ethiopia: Nutrition Profile

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Children carry school lunches provided by the World Food Program in Ethiopia.
  • Ethiopia

    Flag of Ethiopia

  • Population

    102.4 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    15.2 Million

  • % Stunting

    38% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    24% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Lillian deValcourt-Ayala/USUN Rome

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Ethiopia, where about 5.8 million children under 5 years (38 percent) are suffering from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age), according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Ethiopia. The U.S. Government selected Ethiopia as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy.

  • Feed the Future Growth through Nutrition
  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity
  • Feed the Future Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation, and Policy (AKLDP)
  • Feed the Future Smallholder Horticulture Project
  • Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
  • Feed the Future Land Administration to Nurture Development
  • Feed the Future Environmental Entrepreneurship Program
  • Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA)
  • Food for Peace


For more information, read the Ethiopia country profile [PDF, 261KB].