US gives Ethiopia $121m food aid
Addis Ababa - A top US aid official says the US will donate more than $121m 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 US will provide $110m to a programme that will benefit 1.5 million people. He says another $10m will be spent on a nutrition programme and $1.2m 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 neighbouring Somalia. The UN says 750 000 people are in danger of dying over the next few months. The UN estimates tens of thousands have died already.