Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. With the water supply in the East African country at its lowest point in years, a man leads his camels to recently dug water hole. (© WFP/Petterik Wiggers)

Pastoralism in the Age of Climate Change

Why traditional herders in Ethiopia are confronting the worst consequences of extreme weather

Lule Dubet came with her ten children to Gurgur, more than 18 miles from their home in Ethiopia’s Somali region, in search of food. She lost 25 of her cattle because of the drought, her last two remaining are dying. (© WFP/Melese Awoke)
Left: Ahemed Guled with his remaining sheep. About 80 percent of his herd died of hunger. Before perishing, they started biting one another out of desperation for food. (© WFP/Petterik Wiggers) Right: Camels waiting to drink out of a recently dug water hole. (© WFP/Petterik Wiggers)

How Pastoralists Drive Ethiopia’s Economy, Nourish Its People and Sustain Its Land

Cattle on the verge of death after not eating for weeks. Shepherds have left their traditional grazing pastures, entering the city in search for food for their animals. (© WFP/Petterik Wiggers)

The Consequences of Climate Change

Listen to Giammichele De Maio, Deputy Director of WFP’s Washington, D.C. office, who was stationed in Ethiopia for four years on the new challenges that pastoral families are facing:

WFP Interventions that Work

Left: Two men carry sacks of food distributed by WFP to the drought affected people of Ethiopia. (© WFP/Melese Awoke) Right: Food distribution center in eastern Ethiopia. WFP, in cooperation with the local government distributes food to people in need. (© WFP/Petterik Wiggers)
Camels surround a water hole that was just dug by a pastoral family hoping to quench the thirst of their livestock. (© WFP/Petterik Wiggers)

Overcoming Weather That Won’t Cooperate

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