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Sunday, April 24, 2005

United States Adds $19.5 Million to Food-Aid -Support for Ethiopia

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced an additional pledge of 47,320 metric tons (MT) of wheat valued at over $19.5 million (168,675,000 birr) to Ethiopia through the World Food Program (WFP) to meet the needs of Ethiopia’s Emergency Appeal.

The pledge responds to the joint appeal of the Government of Ethiopia’s Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission (DPPC) and the United Nations, which estimates that 2.2 million people will require emergency assistance in 2005.

To date in 2005, the U.S. Government has responded with a total of 103,999 MT of food aid valued at $49 million (423,850,000 birr).

Earlier commitments, provided through WFP and non-governmental organizations, included cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and corn-soya blend.

USAID provides food assistance to vulnerable populations through direct distribution, food-for-work programs, maternal and child health programs, and therapeutic and supplementary feeding programs.

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