The country has been hit by locusts, war in neighbouring South Sudan and sparse rainfall
The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday, with the country hit by locusts, neighbouring war and sparse rainfall.
"We are concerned because there is the beginning of a locust invasion in the eastern part of the country, and if it's not properly handled it could be of concern for the pastoralist population living there," WFP spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.
"And in the northern part of Ethiopia there has been less rain than average for the third or fourth consecutive year."
Ethiopia is also dealing with growing refugee numbers due to the conflict in neighbouring South Sudan, sapping WFP's budget for feeding new arrivals in the country, which is at risk of a shortfall as soon as next month.
More than 120,000 South Sudanese have crossed over into Ethiopia in the past six months, mostly women and children who are arriving "famished, exhausted and malnourished", WFP said in a statement.