Ethiopia Needs Emergency Food Aid for 6,2 Million PeopleWorld | October 22, 2009, Thursday // 13:24| views
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is already facing a shortfall of more than USD 85 M worth of food for Ethiopia to the end of this year. Photo by boston.com
The Ethiopian government has asked the international community for emergency food aid for 6,2 million people.
The request came at a meeting of donors to discuss the impact of a prolonged drought affecting parts of East Africa.
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is already facing a shortfall of more than USD 85 M worth of food for Ethiopia to the end of this year.
Aid agency Oxfam has called for a new approach to tackling the risk of disaster in the country, the BBC reported.
In a report marking 25 years since the famine that killed around one million Ethiopians, Oxfam said that imported food aid saves lives in the short term but does little to help communities withstand the next shock.
The report, named Band Aids and Beyond, called on international donors to adopt a new approach focused on preparing communities to prevent and deal with disasters before they strike
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