USAID Provides $5.7 Million for Humanitarian Relief Programs in Ethiopia

Ship with 86,000 tons of food to arrive in Djibouti Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Humanitarian Response, Hugh Parmer, announced at a press briefing today that USAID would fund an additional $5.7 million worth of emergency programs for Ethiopia. The additional projects will provide urgently needed special nutritional feeding programs and emergency water to over 600,000 people living in South and Southeastern Ethiopia - the area suffering the most from the current drought. The projects will be funded through non-governmental and international organizations and United Nations agencies.

The emergency response programs announced by the U.S. today are in addition to the 505,000 metric tons of food the U.S. is sending to Ethiopia this year. A major shipment with 86,000 metric tons of grain will arrive in Djibouti on Saturday, and will be transported over land to Ethiopia. U.S. food aid has been arriving for Ethiopia all year. Additionally, two airlifts of 40 metric tons of emergency food each were flown to Gode in southeastern Ethiopia over the past month. The estimated value of U.S. food planned for Ethiopia this year totals $184 million.

Food commodities provided by the U.S. to Ethiopia are being used for emergency food distribution, high-nutritional foods for special feeding programs for malnourished children, development programs and the replenishment of the Ethiopian Food Security Reserve.

Ethiopia is currently experiencing severe drought conditions, brought on by the cumulative shortage of rainfall over the past three years. Over 8.3 people are currently estimated to be at risk in Ethiopia, and a total of 16.5 million people are at risk in the greater Horn of Africa region.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is the U.S. government agency that provides development and humanitarian assistance to the developing world.

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