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Ethiopia: Food Aid

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of the number of people in Ethiopia dependent on food aid; and if he will make a statement. (211183)

The latest available figures indicate that 4.6 million people will need emergency food aid from June to September this year. This is in addition to the 7.2 million people in Ethiopia who face food shortages every year, and who receive support through the Ethiopian Government's Productive Safety Net Programme, to which the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) is a major contributor providing £91 million since 2005.

In 2008, DFID has also given £5 million to the UN-managed Humanitarian Response Fund for humanitarian operations in Ethiopia, and is planning to give a further £10 million in response to the worsening situation.