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WFP Ethiopia in Pictures

School Meals Grown in the Community

Students at Hanja Chafa Primary school in southern Ethiopia enjoy porridge made of haricot beans and maize flour provided through WFP’s School Meals Programme. The crops used to make their meals were procured just a few kilometers from their school, through WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme. P4P has partnered with the School Meals Programme in 37 pilot schools in Ethiopia to provide students with 'locally-grown meals', and more students and communities will benefit as the partnership expands.

P4P Farmers’ Increased Income Helps Provide for Family

Chento Bonge, shown displaying some of her latest yield, is a smallholder farmer participating in the Purchase for Progress Programme (P4P). The programme, led by WFP and supported by 10 partners, started in Ethiopia in 2010, and is designed to connect farmers to agricultural markets. Thanks to their participation in P4P, Chento and her husband have increased their productivity and their income, helping them to provide for their six children.


“We knew if we came here, we would be secure.”

Mohmud Osman and his family fled their hometown of Bardere, Somalia, because of drought and insecurity. Formerly farmers, Mohmud’s family lived through four years of poor rains. After a two-day journey, they arrived at the reception center for the refugee camps at Dollo Ado in Ethiopia's Somali Region, and received WFP High Energy Biscuits right away. “We knew if we came here, we would be secure,” Mohmud says.


Plumpy’Sup Gives Refugee Children a Nutritious Boost

Two boys in a refugee camp in Dollo Ado, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, receive a ready-to-use nutritional supplement called Plumpy’Sup. All moderately malnourished children under the age of five in refugee camps get Plumpy’Sup through WFP’s Targeted Supplementary Feeding programme, which also supports nursing mothers. 

MERET Farmers Rehabilitate Land, Provide For Their Children

Farmer Abebe Moliso participates in WFP’s MERET Programme. MERET stands for Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition (to more sustainable livelihoods). MERET participants live in land-degraded areas, and do environmentally focused public works, receiving food from WFP in return. Their investment in sustainable land and water management practices protects them from environmental shocks and generates income through sales of a range of crops. By intercropping and diversifying his land use — growing beans, cabbage, bamboo, papaya, rosemary and more — Abebe and his wife have boosted their income and can provide for their eight children.

HIV/AIDS Vouchers Support Local Economy, Give Freedom of Choice Over Diet

A shopkeeper redeems a voucher for a woman in WFP’s HIV and AIDS Programme, who checks her name on the register. The woman is using WFP’s food vouchers to buy food in local markets, allowing her to support her local economy and giving her more freedom of choice over her diet.

In 2012, WFP provided food assistance to 6.2 million people in Ethiopia. WFP Ethiopia reaches food-insecure people through the following programmes: Purchase for Progress, School Meals, MERET, Productive Safety Net, HIV and AIDS, Refugee, National Relief, and Targeted Supplementary Feeding. These programmes both respond to emergencies, and promote resilience in the face of climatic and natural shocks. Livelihood promotion projects and the use of cash and vouchers allow WFP Ethiopia to better empower vulnerable people, as these pictures illustrate.