Ethiopia appeals for food aid

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Ethiopia’s need for food aid rises

Ethiopia’s government is calling for international assistance to help feed 8.2 million people after erratic rains devastated crop harvests.

Climatic shocks are common in Ethiopia and often cause poor or failed harvests that lead to acute food shortages.

Mitiku Kassa, secretary of the Ethiopian Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee, said the government has allocated $192m for food and other aid and is appealing for $596m in aid from the international community for the remainder of 2015.

John Aylieff, an official in Ethiopia with the UN’s World Food Program, described the situation as “incredibly serious,” saying Ethiopia needs the international community to weigh in to contain the worst effects of El Nino conditions.

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