Current Operations
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service in Ethiopia

WFP established its United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in 2007 to facilitate access for humanitarian staff to reach remote and vulnerable areas of Ethiopia. Classified as one of the world’s most underdeveloped countries, nearly 10 percent of Ethiopia’s population of 85 million is vulnerable to food insecurity and depends on national safety-net programmes.1 As of June 2014, an estimated 2.7 million people2 require humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs for survival. Since July 2011, humanitarian activities in south-eastern Ethiopia, and in particular Dolo Ado, have increased due to the influx of refugees escaping civil unrest, violence, and drought in south-central Somalia. In August 2014, Ethiopia became the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, with more than 650,000 refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan. 

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WFP Offices
Country at a glance 2015
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)0
Beneficiary needs ($US)597,842,974
Threats to food security
  • Rainfall patterns (droughts and floods)
  • Land degradation (deforestation and soil erosion)
  • Population density
  • Infrastructure development
  • Insecurity and conflict
  • Poverty
  • Fall in world prices of cash crops