Oct 18, 2015

Ethiopia, a Nation of Farmers, Strains Under Severe Drought

Semera
Ethiopia
by
Jacey Fortin
,
New York Times
Carcasses of cattle litter the landscape in northeastern Ethiopia. More than 80 percent of Ethiopia's population works in agriculture, making the country especially vulnerable to drought. Photo: Jacey Fortin, The New York Times
Carcasses of cattle litter the landscape in northeastern Ethiopia. More than 80 percent of Ethiopia's population works in agriculture, making the country especially vulnerable to drought. Photo: Jacey Fortin, The New York Times

“We got just one day of rain each month during the rainy season,” Mr. Yasin said, referring to the days from July through September. “It should have been raining every other day. Now my harvest has failed"...More than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s population works in agriculture, which makes up about 40 percent of the nation’s economic output. That makes the country especially vulnerable to drought and the effects of climate change.