World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Ethiopia: UN Appeals For Up To $100m For Famine

Ethiopia: UN Appeals For Up To $100 Million To Buy Local Surplus To Feed Hungry

With 7 million drought-affected Ethiopians still in need of food aid this year despite better harvests, the United Nations emergency food agency today appealed to the international community for up to $100 million to buy local surpluses in parts of the east African country to make up for the shortfall in other regions.

Some 300,000 to 350,000 tons of maize, wheat and sorghum are available for local purchase in 18 surplus producing zones, according to a survey conducted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the European Commission and the Swedish International Development Agency.

"If WFP and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) buy local cereal surpluses it will most certainly benefit local farmers," WFP Country Director Georgia Shaver said, pointing out that "donors could save money if they support the purchase of food aid in the local market."

The Ethiopian Government is appealing for around 900,000 tons of food in 2004 for 7 million people who cannot afford to buy it even if surpluses reach markets in drought-affected areas. Up to a third of this amount could be covered through buying food within the country at a cost to donors of $100 million, WFP said.

Ethiopia's recent harvest, in late 2003, is 40 per cent up on the previous year, and almost 11 per cent above the five-year average. Last year, 13 million Ethiopians needed food assistance.

Local purchase of cereals is in line with other WFP projects that aim to stimulate the community market. Such purchases of cereals and lentils will also play an important role in helping to stabilize prices.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC