Help for Hungry Ethiopia

We just got word that CRS signed a $53.4 million agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to get badly needed food to almost 3 million Ethiopians.

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Failed rains are leading to potential partial or complete crop failures for millions of farmers across Ethiopia. Fields look green, but plants are withering from the bottom up. Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS

Hunger and malnutrition threaten millions across Ethiopia as the result of a prolonged drought.

“After the short rains failed to come earlier this year in many pockets of Ethiopia, thousands of children began to show signs of malnutrition as families were left with little or nothing to eat,” said Lane Bunkers, CRS’ country representative in Ethiopia. “Resulting delays in planting long-cycle crops coupled with continued poor rains are now leading to potential crop failures for millions more farmers during the upcoming October and November harvest—drastically reducing expected food stores for the coming year.”

CRS will work with a consortium of aid agencies to distribute 75,140 metric tons of food to people who the Ethiopian government, USAID and the U.N. World Food Program have determined to be in greatest need.

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