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UN calls for urgent aid to two million Ethiopian farmers

ETHIOPIA – The United Nations (UN) Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has called for urgent aid to two million farmers and pastoralists affected by drought conditions in Ethiopia.
Amadou Allahoury, FAO representative in Ethiopia, said it needed 50 million USD to address the problem for the first six months of the new year as the country prepares to have 15 million people in need of food aid by 2016.

The United Nations has called for aid to assist two million Ethiopian farmers. Photo: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images
The United Nations has called for aid to assist two million Ethiopian farmers. Photo: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

“Drought is a lack of water, either absence of rain fed or underground water, which can be solved using short cycle crops and drought resistant varieties” said Allahoury, adding that Ethiopia needed to adapt to climate change challenges.
This year’s drought has been exacerbated by a seasonal weather phenomenon called El Nino, affecting smallholder farmers and pastoralists in the East African country with its 100 million population.
FAO, in line with the Ethiopian government’s estimates, puts the number of needy for now at 10.2 million people.
The agency urged that farmers and pastoralists use climate smart agriculture, safeguard their remaining assets – including that they rehabilitate water points and destock starving animals – as a way to combat the food crisis.
“We’re getting some success, and our emergency need for the next six months is being met, but since the drought conditions could go on, we need to keep a vigilant eye,” said Allahoury.
FAO is the UN’s specialized agency for the alleviation of poverty and hunger through the promotion of agricultural development, food security, and good nutrition for all.
– Africa News Agency

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  1. Is it really ‘drought condition’ that is pushing Ethiopian farmers and pastoralists to the edge of the cliff of food insecurity? FAO thinks so and proposes ‘climate smart agriculture’ as a solution. Nonetheless, Ethiopian farmers constant vulnerability to food insecurity is not only a function of drought: it is mainly a function of the political capture of the peasantry for many centuries. Ethiopian farmers had been the victim of extremely extractive political class. The elite who hold state power are non-producing class. They live by appropriating the surplus produced by the subsistence economy of the peasants. These elites do not invest the surplus they appropriate from the peasantry on poverty reducing development initiatives with high social return. Rather they invest on sectors that bring them high private return. And they use the sums earned from such investment and extraction of the peasantry for beefing up security institutions of the state and to co-opt the urban population in big cities. Moreover, these parasitic elites form an unholy alliance with foreign investors (individuals as well as multinational corporations) and exploit the countryside. It is this kind of perverse political economy that has created an unfavorable condition for the Ethiopian peasantry to effectively fight off destitution. So the solution to the appalling condition of the Ethiopian peasantry must be sought in the line of warding off this perverse political economy arrangement than empty sound adaptation strategy – climate smart agriculture – propagated by FAO.

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