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Monday, 23 November 2015

Sweden Donates US$ 16 Million to Drought Affected Ethiopia

The government of Sweden said it will contribute 140 million SEK (16 million USD) for food aid to people "affected by the severe and ongoing drought in Ethiopia", Swedish Embassy in Addis Abeba said. The contribution is made through a grant to the World Food Program (WFP). "Through this contribution more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region will receive cereals, pulses and vegetable oil, helping to stabilize malnutrition rates, which have risen sharply in recent months since the drought took hold," a statement from the embassy reads, adding Sweden's contribution will also complement food distributions in other regions following the Government of Ethiopia's allocation of 4 billion birr (US$ 192 million) to relief efforts. At the signing of the agreement on Wednesday the 18th November, Anneka Knutsson, Head of Sweden's Development Cooperation stressed the importance to act early in these types of crisis. "Paying early will mean saving later."

Source: allafrica.com