US gives Ethiopia $121m for food aid amid drought

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A top U.S. aid official says the U.S. will donate more than $121 million to Ethiopia to fight food insecurity amid a drought in the East African nation.

USAID director Raj Shah said Tuesday during a visit to Ethiopia's capital that the U.S. will provide $110 million to a program that will benefit 1.5 million people. He says another $10 million will be spent on a nutrition program and $1.2 million given in loans to encourage farmers.

More than 4.5 million Ethiopians need food assistance. East Africa's drought has developed into a famine in neighboring Somalia. The U.N. says 750,000 people are in danger of dying over the next few months. The U.N. estimates tens of thousands have died already.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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