Ethiopia – Water for Private Sector Development

Uwe Hoering
Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Hunger, aridity, flooding – Ethiopia is a particularly dramatic case of poverty and under-development. Almost half of the rural population suffers from chronic food insecurity. Year by year, six to eight per cent of the 70 million inhabitants are dependent on food aid. And if the rains fail the percentage is considerably higher. Yet, the problem is not a lack of water. The rugged mountainous region get twice as much rain as in Germany.

Ethiopia: Water for Private Sector Development is part of the study “Water for food – water for profit”. This study examines the water policy of the World Bank in the agricultural sector. The full study is available on Bread for the World's Campaign for a Human Right to Water.