FAO Requests Urgent Aid to Ethiopia

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faoRome, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) requested urgent international financial support today to assist millions of Ethiopian countryside workers affected by a harsh drought.
If seeds are not delivered on time, the aid will be too late to guarantee a decent harvest in the coming season, which provides 85 percent of the food supply in the country, the message said.
The general answer to donate funds, faced with this crisis, has been disappointing so far, because only 15 percent of the request, made in 2016, has been covered, the authority said.
FAO needs around $10 million USD in the next two weeks to distribute seeds to the Ethiopian families threatened by hunger and the loss of their means of living, the institution said.
Around 10.2 million people in Ethiopia suffer from food insecurity, after successive bad harvests and widespread cattle mortality, caused by the drought originated by El Niño since the beginning of 2015, according to the request.
With the delay and the erratic nature of the spring rains this year,the situation could worsen in the most affected areas, especially in the north of the country, the entity warned.
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