Ethiopia and the 43 Million Without Safe Water

Ethiopia and the 43 Million Without Safe Water

December 05, 2017

Currently, an estimated 43,713,716 Ethiopians do not have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water. An estimated 73,709,312 Ethiopians do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

The country of Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa. Three major crops are believed to have originated in Ethiopia: coffee, grain sorghum, and castor beans. With an estimated population of 102,374,044, it is the most populous landlocked country in the world.

Due to limited natural resources and rapid population growth, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the lowest level of income equality in Africa.  Throughout 2015 and 2016, Ethiopia suffered an extreme drought that halted agriculture and created national food insecurity. Furthermore, inadequate sanitation practices and malnutrition have caused the prevalence of contagious disease to increase in recent years.

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