Monday, November 30, 2009

Hunger in drought-prone Ethiopia.

Oromia region, about 250 kilometres south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is one of the most fertile parts of the country. But, like large parts of the country as well as much of East Africa people are facing drought and serious food shortages.

The Ethiopian government says inadequate rains mean 6.2 million people need aid this year and has appealed to the international community to help. International aid agency, Oxfam, has called for a shift in the way the world deals with food crisis; and is urging donors to switch more of their funding away from short-term emergency food aid to longer-term development work, which strengthens the ability of communities to prevent and deal with possible shocks and climate disasters