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USAID Continues Short-, Long-Term Efforts To Address Ethiopia’s Drought

Medium: 4 Ways to Help Turn the Tide on Ethiopia’s Drought
Dina Esposito, acting deputy assistant administrator for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance at USAID

“…Although the drought [in Ethiopia] has outpaced the coping capacity of millions of poor households who have no choice but to seek food assistance for survival, families … are managing to withstand the crisis. … However, our work helping families reduce reliance on food assistance is not enough to stop this crisis. … Here are four ways we can turn the tide on Ethiopia’s drought: 1. Continued action and focus … 2. Advanced planning … 3. More humanitarians … 4. Additional support from Ethiopian government. … While these steps will help respond to the crisis now, we also need to think about the long-term plan. … I return from Ethiopia convinced that we must work with donors and host governments to accelerate and scale up our efforts to build resilience, so that we can address the underlying risks that keep marginalized communities entrenched in a cycle of food insecurity and poverty” (5/6).