Certain areas of south-east Ethiopia has faced years of poor rain coupled with extended drought which has resulted in complete crop failure. The populace of Ethiopia is already facing drought and its harmful consequences; however some of the other factors are also playing havoc on their lives such as conflict, climate change, government land policies, mounting food prices and population expansion. 6.2 million Ethiopians, a figure which is too distressing to believe, are hungry and are in need of emergency food aid. Half of the hungry populace consists of children and they are susceptible to various life threatening diseases like diarrhea.
However surrounded by this entire food crisis, help is constantly at hand for this vulnerable populace in the form of food aid by various countries. Around 40,000 families are provided with cash or food in order to help them consume regular wholesome meals. The local markets are sometimes short of basic foods at such times foods are made available by various organizations that help the vulnerable people sustain their livelihood. Along with providing food aid the organizations are helping the people to learn some ways to earn their living. Carpentry training, dressmaking, bee-keeping and silk production methods are taught to various families in order to broaden their horizons to earn income.
Nevertheless, having said all this, signs of improvement can be visible in Ethiopia. Food aid from various countries is helping the Ethiopians to bring back the smile on their face. Many areas are producing yield and with rainfalls more and more pastures are accessible for existing livestock. With long-term aid coupled with good amount of rainfall will certainly facilitate the Ethiopians to refurbish their livelihood.