The United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) yesterday announced that it had provided an additional 87,910 metric tons of emergency food aid, valued at approximately USD 50 million, to the joint emergency operation plan in response to the Ethiopian government’s January appeal.
This emergency food aid will provide a full ration to 1.18 million beneficiaries for four months in 72 woredas in the most severely impacted regions – Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, SNNP and Tigray regions and Dire Dawa Administrative Council.
USAID said in its statement that Catholic Relief Services will manage the assistance, which will be a consortium of NGOs including CARE, Food for the Hungry International, Relief Society of Tigray, Save the Children-US and World Vision.
The new donation, coupled with last month’s announcement of 65,410 metric tons of cereals, pulses vegetable oil and blended food to the World Food Programme for approximately two million beneficiaries for two months, brings the total US assistance in response to the 2009 appeal to USD 100 million, USAID said.
According to the statement, the American people, through USAID, have a history of responding to the Ethiopian government’s appeal. “In 2008, USAID contributed approximately USD 280 million in emergency food aid,” it said.
In addition, since 2005, USAID has provided USD 150 million in food resources per year to the Ethiopian government-led productive safety net programme, supporting approximately three million beneficiaries in Amhara, Oromia, Somali, SNNP and Tigray regions for four months.
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