ETHIOPIA’s premature announcement of food self-sufficiency through its ceremonial Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at a rally in the capital Addis Ababa surprised everyone including its chief protectorate and benefactor the U.S.A.
It is understood that the regime in Ethiopia tirelessly vociferates to project itself as a band of revolutionary democracy on a mission to transform Ethiopia into a utopia. However, the facts on the ground speak the opposite.
ETHIOPIA finds itself in critical need of food aid in order to feed 2.7 million people. This announcement comes not long after its leaders were upbeat, reporting a bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.
When donors and Ethiopian authorities met on January 24, 2014, to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian aid needed for 2014, the resultant crucial document – the joint Government and Humanitarian partners’ Document – showed that 2.7 million of the 91 million people in the nation, according to the latest estimate by the World Bank, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Continue reading Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger→
Nestled in the turbulent Horn of Africa (HOA) region, Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent modern nation-state and second most populous.[i] The second poorest country in the world according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Multidimensional Poverty Index, [ii] Ethiopia consistently ranks extremely low upon a variety of socioeconomic, development, and human rights indicators. [iii]
Recently however, Ethiopia has experienced economic growth – making it amongst “Africa’s best performing economies.” [iv] This development reiterates the Ethiopian government’s lofty ambitions to attain “middle-income status by 2020.” [v] The validity, sustainability, and possible ramifications of Ethiopia’s purported and ambitious economic transformation in the near future – which could prove beneficial domestically and regionally – merits closer analysis. Continue reading Ethiopia: An Analysis of Recent Economic Growth and Potential Challenges→