Below-average rainfall over several planting seasons has caused crop
failures and death of large numbers of livestock in Ethiopia, devastating
the livelihoods of farmers.
Ethiopia's government estimated in October that 8.2 million people need
food assistance and predicted the numbers will increase in coming months.
As many as 350,000 children already have suffered from severe malnutrition.
Another 700,000 moderately malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding
mothers need supplemental nutrition now.
World Vision is helping to provide food, clean water and sanitation facilities,
as well as livelihood development and programs to ensure the quality education and
life skills training of young people.