Already one of Africa's poorest states, Ethiopia - remains threatened by periodic droughts which have increased its problems of poverty and famine, as people rely mainly on agriculture and are left with fewer and fewer choices to meet their basic needs and feed their families.

Recent trends have been very encouraging as the country’s economic growth rate has increased in the last 4 years. Ethiopia is among the few countries on track to meet a high percentage of the millennium development goals and they have officially declared food self-sufficiency. However, many households remain vulnerable and live in abject poverty.

Ethiopia has the third largest equine population in the world with roughly nine million horses, donkeys and mules, serving as a lifeline for 85 per cent of Ethiopians and playing a crucial role in the national economy. However, horses and donkeys live under harsh conditions and as a result their life expectancy is a third of what would be expected.

Brooke Ethiopia aims to bring about improvements in the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and we have been working since 2006, towards a deeper understanding of the connection between poverty, unstable livelihoods and the effect on animal welfare.

To help achieve our objectives, Brooke Ethiopia are working with local governments and owners and through partner organizations - Send a Cow (SaC), Sustainable Environment and Development Action (SEDA) and African Development Aid Association (ADAA). Working with community structures Brooke aims to strengthen the community resources to bring about sustainable welfare improvement based on local solutions for local problems.

More information about our partners can be found here

Making a difference
  • Brooke Ethiopia are working with the government veterinary service delivery system, private animal health service providers and communities to increase coverage and build a sustainable system of health and husbandry delivery
  • Brooke Ethiopia are training model equine owners to enable them to adopt and cascade equine health protection and husbandry practices  to their community
  • Brooke Ethiopia are working to strengthen and increase the coverage of sustainable community centered animal health and husbandry practices through working with local level structures and private service providers
  • Brooke Ethiopia are further developing their approach of linking equine welfare with livelihood and to collaborate with other livestock and human development organizations to bring about significant impact in improved equine welfare

Watch a video about our work in Ethiopia or read the latest blogs here and here 

Ethiopia at a glance

Population: 96 million
Percentage of people living below the poverty line: 39%
Number of Partners: 3
Number of working equines: 9 million

Donkeys sharing the load with women owners in Ethiopia

Donkeys sharing the load with women owners in Ethiopia. © The Brooke

gharry horse

Ghari horses are used widely in urban areas as taxis

grazing donkeys

A mother and foal graze peacefully

Abraham change agent

Abraham and his mare, Dame. Abraham is a 'change agent' who spreads the message of good welfare to fellow animal owners

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