Drought-Hit Ethiopia Needs $500M To Support Food Aid To 10.2M People Beyond April, WFP Says

Agence France-Presse: Millions in drought-hit Ethiopia facing food shortages: U.N.
“Millions of people in drought-hit Ethiopia face dire food shortages, with the United Nations warning Thursday of a break in deliveries that could leave huge numbers without life saving aid…” (1/28).

Reuters: Ethiopia drought relief needs $500 mln for support beyond April: WFP
“The drought relief effort in Ethiopia needs about $500 million to fund programs beyond the end of April to support 10.2 million people facing critical food shortages this year, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Thursday…” (Blair, 1/28).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ethiopian drought is ‘code red’ for newborns and their mothers: NGO
“Some 350,000 babies are expected to be born by August into severe food shortages in Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years, the charity Save the Children said, urging leaders to raise the alarm at the African Union summit this week…” (Migiro, 1/25).

U.N. News Centre: As food emergency intensifies in drought-hit Ethiopia, U.N. appeals for more resources
“… ‘Resources currently in-hand do not guarantee a full relief food basket for beneficiaries,’ said the latest weekly update on Ethiopia compiled by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It also added that ‘without additional resources, the food sector projects a full pipeline break in a couple of months.’ $1.2 billion is needed for food relief to 10.2 million people. However, the current appeal is only funded by one third…” (1/26).

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