Ethiopia to Require More Food Aid in 2010 - UN

Up to 5.2 million people in Ethiopia are expected to need food assistance this year as the country experienced setbacks in food production due to poor rainfall in 2009, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

This estimate rose by “several hundred thousand” from figures by year-end 2009, OCHA bared in a humanitarian requirements report released in Addis Ababa this week.

The U.N. said Ethiopia would need some 290,271 metric tons of food worth roughly USD231.3 million this year and about USD55.1 million for assistance in agriculture, education, water and sanitation, health and nutrition.

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