Ethiopia needs over 764,000 tons of relief food

United Nations: Ethiopia needs over 764,000 tons of relief food


January 21, 2000, CNN Web posted at: 12:08 PM EST (1708 GMT)


                  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia will need 764,455 tons of relief

                  food this year to feed 7.8 million people affected by drought, U.N. agencies

                  said Friday.


                  The anticipated needs are the highest in eight years and 66 percent higher

                  than in 1999, said A.V. Obeng, representative for the Food and Agricultural

                  Organization in Ethiopia.


                  The assessment is based on pre-harvest studies carried out last year by the

                  FAO and the World Food Program.


                  WFP has resources and relief food totaling 60,219 tons left over from last

                  year's donations, and another 52,875 tons were expected from pledges that

                  had not yet been received, said Judith Lewis, WFP representative in



                  "Barring any unexpected developments and shocks in the next six months,

                  the net emergency relief food aid requirement this year will be 651,361

                  metric tons for the natural disaster which has again hit the country."


                  More than one million Ethiopians died in 1984 when drought destroyed most

                  of the country's crops and livestock.


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