US increases drought assistance to Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Washington has increased its emergency drought assistance to Ethiopia by US$7.2 million, a US agency official announced Wednesday in Addis Ababa.
The Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator, Roger Winter, said the amount would be used to provide water, sanitation and seeds for agricultural projects.

He also indicated that more non-food assistance would be given to Ethiopia, where millions of people risk drought-induced starvation.

US envoy to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation Tony Hall urged the Ethiopian government to intensify commitment to contain the HIV/AIDS pandemic so as to boost agricultural development.

In 2002, USAID provided more than US$18 million towards HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in Ethiopia, he added.


Pan African News Agency
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