What is the famine in Ethiopia?

Inquiry Question

How is Ethiopia coping with the famine.


Ethiopia had no way to deal with the famine. The people were so weak, they could barely do anything. The only thing the people could do was wait for the famine to be over. There was no food they could eat except for tiny scraps of food. This question is tied to the big question because it explains how the Ethiopian people (coped) with the famine. This will help me know how they will deal with the next 1988 famine and so on.


"The 1983-1985 Ethiopian Famine." The 1983-1985 Ethiopian Famine. N.p., 2013. Web. 17 May 2016.

How did Ethiopia get into a famine?

Ethiopia, in 1983-85, had many insects cause food to get epidemics and diseases, causing many food sources to die. There was a very little amount of food in the first place, so the Ethiopians were starved to death. Many people died from this two-year famine.



"Famine Returns to Ethiopia." Cultural Survival. N.p., 22 Feb. 2010. Web. 17 May 2016.

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How many people did the famine affect?

There were more than half a million deaths that related to famine. The famine was most likely due to drought and insect plagues. The famine lasted two years, and many of Ethiopia's people were killed. Everybody in Ethiopia was affected by the famine.



"Famine Returns to Ethiopia." Cultural Survival. N.p., 22 Feb. 2010. Web. 17 May 2016.

Works Cited

"The 1983-1985 Ethiopian Famine." The 1983-1985 Ethiopian Famine. N.p., 2013. Web. 17 May 2016.


"FAMINE IN ETHIOPIA." What Are the Factors Affecting Famine in Ethiopia and What Can We as a Community Do to Help Them. N.p., 29 Nov. 2009. Web. 18 May 2016.


"Famine Returns to Ethiopia." Cultural Survival. N.p., 22 Feb. 2010. Web. 17 May 2016.


"Famine Returns to Ethiopia." Cultural Survival. N.p., 22 Feb. 2010. Web. 17 May 2016.


"Starving Ethiopians." Ethiopian Man May Sue the U.K. over Abuse Worse than Living in Ethiopia / Scrape TV. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.

Extra Information

Ethiopia has had many famines: 1983-1985, 1987-1988, and also, a new famine just came along. The Ethiopians are struggling to find food and survive without food for many years. It is a very hard task and there should be people trying to help Ethiopia get food somehow.


This new learning of the Ethiopian famine(s) will cause me to think about what other people are going through in other countries, like Ethiopia. This will make me be more sparing and not waste as much as I do already. I may also try to find a way to get Ethiopia food.


Reflect on your engagement in the research process. You might think about what parts of the process were engaging for you and easy to complete and what parts weren’t. What part of the process was effective for you as a learner and what parts were a struggle?


One part of the process that was engaging was finding out how countries get famines. It intrigues me that only countries like Africa, Asia, and South America get famines. This may be because in North America, there is a very large food source and there is always someplace where people can buy food. One part that wasn't easy to complete is finding a website that talks about how Ethiopia coped with the famine. I finally found one that said the Ethiopians couldn't do anything about the famine, which made me sad. I think Ethiopia deserves food and no more famines.