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Without U.S. Investment In Agricultural, Social Protection Programs, Ethiopia Risks Food Security Crisis

Huffington Post: Invest Now in Ethiopia to Sustain Progress, Save Lives
David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World

“…The shift from emergency assistance to self-sufficiency is important in order to meet the immediate needs of Ethiopians, as well as their long-term self-reliance. … We, at Bread for the World, urge our federal government and other partners to ensure that agricultural development aid is combined with social protection programs. These investments will help reach vulnerable women and children in the poorest countries. Ethiopia has made great strides in reducing hunger but the current drought puts this progress at risk. It is better to proactively deal with crises before conditions deteriorate further. By providing humanitarian and development assistance now, we will help the people of Ethiopia recover much more quickly and save more lives” (3/8).