Ethiopia: Fertilizer import priority risks food aid to million

Published on 22 June 2009

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it is running out of food for at least five million Ethiopians who rely on its help. The crisis had been exacerbated by the Ethiopian government's decision to prioritize fertilizer imports before food aid at the crowded Djibouti port, according to it. (..) Barry Cane of WFP in Ethiopia said that the problem had been exacerbated by the difficulty of actually getting food into Ethiopia. Currently, there is little prospect of food supplies arriving at the Port of Djibouti for the next five months. "We have a small refugee population here and their ration is being cut by half beginning this month. We have run out of food and people will be very hungry," claims Cane.

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