Ethiopia: Four and a half million need food aid after failed rains

| August 31, 2015

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The number of Ethiopians who will need food aid by the end of this year has surged to 4.5 million, United Nations agencies said last week.

According to a statement issued by three UN agencies, Ethiopia needs an extra US$230 million from donors after the February to April rains failed.

The country already faces serious problems in supplying its population of 96 million people.

David Del Conte is the acting head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ethiopia. He says, “The belg rains were much worse than … predicted at the beginning of the year. Food insecurity increased and malnutrition rose as a result.”

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Photo: A girl is seen in a bakery in the old walled town of Harar in eastern Ethiopia, May 19, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola