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Monday, October 19, 2015

Ethiopia requires N118.75b to tackle food insecurity

Ethiopian government and humanitarian agencies, has said that the country urgently needs $596 million, about N118.75 billion to address food insecurity for the remainder of the year adding that only $258 million has been received in donor contributions, NaijaAgroNet reports.

"A lot of the funds provided earlier in the year are already spent and key sectors such as supplemental food, livelihoods and agriculture are critically short of funds," said the appeal by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian organisations operating in the locountry

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN ), an organisation that provides timely information on food insecurity recently said that the El NiƱo phenomenon  contributed to suppression of the long rains limiting agricultural and pastoral potential, NaijaAgroNet reports.

Regions of the world adversely affected include northern East Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

"These impacts are contributing to acute food insecurity for approximately four million people in these regions," said the US-funded organisation.

A statement by the group added that the most affected areas in the Horn of Africa are northern Ethiopia and eastern Sudan, which have been experiencing shortages due to poor rainfall between June and September.

"In northern Ethiopia and eastern Sudan, late rains with intermittent dry spells contributed to reduced area planted, late planting, and households planting shorter cycle crops. Forage and water availability are significantly below average," it further said.

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