Tag Archives: Food Aid

USAID Fact Sheet Downplays Ethiopia’s Food Security Brouhaha

How can a country be in famine and hunger when its fields are watered and green?
How can a country be in famine and hunger when its fields are watered and green?

By TesfaNews,

ETHIOPIA’s premature announcement of food self-sufficiency through its ceremonial Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at a rally in the capital Addis Ababa surprised everyone including its chief protectorate and benefactor the U.S.A.

It is understood that the regime in Ethiopia tirelessly vociferates to project itself as a band of revolutionary democracy on a mission to transform Ethiopia into a utopia. However, the facts on the ground speak the opposite.

“We are proud to have erased the humiliating image which identified us with hunger and famine,” the premier adds triumphantly.  Continue reading USAID Fact Sheet Downplays Ethiopia’s Food Security Brouhaha

South Sudan Faces ‘One of Worst Famines Ever’: Kiir

President Salva Kiir said the growing hunger crisis was “man-made” and appealed to his rival, the rebel leader Riek Machar, to do all he could to end the fighting.

By BBC News,

SOUTH South Sudan’s president has warned his country faces “one of worst famines ever” unless the current conflict is ended, in an interview with the BBC.

Salva Kiir also accused his sacked deputy, Riek Machar, of stoking ethnic tension and violating a ceasefire.

Last week, Mr Kiir postponed presidential elections due next year to give government and rebel forces more time to achieve reconciliation.

Some one million people have fled their homes since fighting broke out.  Continue reading South Sudan Faces ‘One of Worst Famines Ever’: Kiir

Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Why are Ethiopians starving Again? The answer rests on its successive autocratic rulers and tribalist leaders. Ethiopia today forced hundereds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples off their fertile lands to make way for foreign investors that came in to grow foodstuffs and bio-fuels for export. Having lost their land and their ability to produce their own food, the indigenous Peoples are being forced to become dependent on aid handouts.

By Addis Fortune,

ETHIOPIA finds itself in critical need of food aid in order to feed 2.7 million people. This announcement comes not long after its leaders were upbeat, reporting a bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.

When donors and Ethiopian authorities met on January 24, 2014, to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian aid needed for 2014, the resultant crucial document – the joint Government and Humanitarian partners’ Document – showed that 2.7 million of the 91 million people in the nation, according to the latest estimate by the World Bank, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  Continue reading Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Ethiopia: An Analysis of Recent Economic Growth and Potential Challenges

Ethiopia’s recent economic growth are respectable achievements but it may prove fanciful if they fail to consider and address a variety of significant concerns.

By FikreJesus Amahazion,

Nestled in the turbulent Horn of Africa (HOA) region, Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent modern nation-state and second most populous.[i]  The second poorest country in the world according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Multidimensional Poverty Index, [ii] Ethiopia consistently ranks extremely low upon a variety of socioeconomic, development, and human rights indicators. [iii]

Recently however, Ethiopia has experienced economic growth – making it amongst “Africa’s best performing economies.” [iv] This development reiterates the Ethiopian government’s lofty ambitions to attain “middle-income status by 2020.” [v] The validity, sustainability, and possible ramifications of Ethiopia’s purported and ambitious economic transformation in the near future – which could prove beneficial domestically and regionally – merits closer analysis. Continue reading Ethiopia: An Analysis of Recent Economic Growth and Potential Challenges

Eritrea Favors Investment Based on Partnerships than Aid (AUDIO)

Eritrea's Self-Reliance program might be taken as one of the most ambitious social and economic experiments underway in Africa

By Peter Clottey (VOA),

A political advisor to Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki says the Horn of Africa country rejects any forms of international aid, and only seeks strategic investment partnerships.

Yemane Gebreab, who is also head of political affairs at the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), said Eritrea has a policy of self-reliance that sharply opposes international food or financial assistanceContinue reading Eritrea Favors Investment Based on Partnerships than Aid (AUDIO)

Eritrea Approved A Series of Food Aid Packages to Somalia

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one” — Nikolai Berdyaev

Eritrea cabinate approved a series of ‘modest’ food aid packages to famine affected people of Somalia

By VOA News,

An official says Eritrea’s cabinet has approved a food aid package to Somalis affected by drought and famine.  Some skeptics have questioned the timing as well as the size of the approved aid.

But information minister Ali Abdu says “it not about how much [aid] you give, it’s about how much love you give with what you give.”

“We are doing this with deep affection… because we stand along our Somali brothers and sisters [to] the bitter end,” said Abdu. Continue reading Eritrea Approved A Series of Food Aid Packages to Somalia