Starving Ngorongoro sends out food SOS

Published on 26 March 2009

More than 34,000 households in drought-stricken Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region [of Tanzania] are facing a critical shortage of food and need an emergency supply of at least 9,000 tonnes of cereals. ``We need immediate relief supplies of food for the starving members of the households affected by persistent droughts,`` Ngorongoro District Commissioner Jowika Kasunga told The Guardian here yesterday. [...] Mbulu legislator Philip Marmo, Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs), stated when reached for comment yesterday that there would be no specific modalities of dispatching emergency food aid to Ngorongoro. [...] ``People should continue observing the procedure we have been using all this long of coordination by the PMO’s disaster management department, the Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives ministry and the World Food Programme,`` he added.

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