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1996-2007 - Ethiopia - Country Assistance Evaluation
Ethiopia is an important country in many ways. A large country of 1.1 million km2 , it is strategically positioned in the troubled Horn of Africa. With a population of nearly 80 million people, Ethiopia is the second most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa. Economic growth rates have been high in recent years, averaging nearly 9% between 2004 and 2006. Yet almost 10% of the population experiences chronic food insecurity, and although poverty levels are slowly declining, around 36% of Ethiopia’s people live below the $1 a day poverty line. Despite signs of progress, the development challenge remains both massive and urgent.