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1. No crops. No food. No money
Farming remains the main economic activity and source of sustenance in most of Ethiopia. Many families rely on family plots to put food on their table and money in their pockets. When the country missed two critical rainy seasons in 2015, they were forced to rely on emergency supplies. Now they live meal to meal, depending upon government food aid.
Farmers aren’t the only group decimated by the drought. Sada Mohammed, 30, a pastoralist in the Somali region of Ethiopia, lost nearly all of her livestock to the drought. With her only source of income gone, she too depends on food assistance from the government, and on water and health care provided by nonprofits like the International Rescue Committee.