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In drought-stricken Ethiopia, 980kg food aid seized being illegally shipped away from the hungry

30 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

This has been continuing practice in Ethiopia, mostly carried out by the ruling party cadres that are used to stealing imported wheat, sugar and oil from the rich. The security has known this for a long time, and the culprits as well, since some of them are its employees.
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Added push factors for Ethiopians escaping death to flee their nation: drought, thirst, hunger & human rights violations; food & water distribution depends on politics & luck – even local media report

20 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In a December 19, 2015 article, which took Dawit Taye, a staff writer for The Reporter, 18 days and 7,000km into some of the heartlands of Ethiopia’s present drought – Oromia, SNNPR, Amhara and Tigray – wrote:

    “Nevertheless, the distribution of food aid is highly problematic according to The Reporter’s observation. Primarily food aid distribution is santy at best. According to conditions on the ground, the people who are currently receiving food aid are those who have been severely affected by food shortage. Those who have household resources and capacity to withstand for some time have received no food aid, so far.

    Yet again, those receiving the food aid are not even receiving more than 15 kilos of wheat; and since September in most of the woredas [districts] only two rounds of distributions were made (a measurement in par with the international standards). In connection with food aid distribution the issue of nepotism and political connection is criticized to be a major shortcoming; and to that end regional officials have confirmed such incidents and punishment of aid officials implicated in such dealings.”

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World Bank approves $600 mil in support of 10 million food insecure Ethiopians a year in 411 districts

1 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    PSNP4 builds on the 10 years of the program’s success and contributes to reducing poverty and promoting shared prosperity by providing a safety net for Ethiopia’s food insecure and most vulnerable people

Editor’s Note:

    What the story below does not tell its readers is that Ethiopia needs international humanitarian aid for 10 million fellow citizens, at least for the next five years, notwithstanding the unfounded claim on May 28, 2014 in a national address by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia becoming food secure as of this year:

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WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Tuesday approved a US$600 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to Ethiopia for the Productive Safety Nets Project 4 (PSNP4).
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Ethiopia Short of $351.2m to Feed Millions in 2014

26 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Ethiopia needs to fill a net deficit of 351.2 million dollars in order to feed an estimated 2.7 million beneficiaries both the government and donors agree require emergency relief food assistance in 2014, Fortune learnt.
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