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USA gives $70mn emergency assistance to Ethiopia

African Press Agency (subscription)

1741 days ago   Article ID# 231621
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ROME , ITALY (African Press Agency (subscription)) - The United States government announced on Wednesday additional $70 million emergency assistance to Ethiopia, which is a response to Ethiopia’s appeal to feed around six million people who depend on food assistance due to poor rainfall in the 2008/2009 harvest period.

The announcement was made by the visiting US Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin who concluded his five day visit to the country.

The money will be channeled through the World Food Program (WFP) which will facilitate management of the food distribution.

“The USAID’s $70 million contribution to WFP will provide an additional 92,310 metric tonnes of food to support the general relief program in Ethiopia for the 2010 calendar year. This contribution is the third major US food relief contribution since October 2009, bringing the total US contribution since October to $246 million (356,560 metric tonnes,” said USAID Ethiopian bureau.

At the 2009 L’Aquila G-8 Summit in July, US President Barack Obama pledged that the US would invest $3.5 billion in agriculture-led economic growth to combat hunger, which is being used for such kind of assistance like in Ethiopia.

“The $3.5 billion the United States has pledged is to support the country developed plans to achieve food security. It is not just about seed and fertilizer but includes education and market development and, in particular, support to women,” the bureau said.

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