Feed the Future Investment in Ethiopia: Implications for Sustainable Food Security and Poverty Reduction
The government of Ethiopia has set ambitious goals for achieving economic transformation through growth in the agricultural sector. Ethiopia also relies heavily on foreign assistance, and development aid is indispensable to achieving the transformation goals. The United States (US) is one of Ethiopia’s top donors, with aid for agriculture development increasing since the launch of the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative in 2009. Ethiopia is expected to receive about $270 million of FtF funding over a five-year period (2011-2016). A crucial question is how these investments can achieve broad, sustainable, and inclusive impacts, considering that past interventions have had limited effect. This report, commissioned by Oxfam America, is an assessment of the US FtF investments in Ethiopia. It aims to inform discussions of and advocacy about sustainable and inclusive agricultural investment.